Annette Gagliardi | Ancient heart

The Italian writer Carlo Levi said: “The future has an ancient heart.”

feed your self unspeakable
moments spent in anguish

whatever happens:
terrible, beautiful,
interesting, frightening
suckle and consume them
feed them to yourself

let them nurture and sustain you
allow surcease to ease

through the cold and snow
below ground in tunnels
and caves in the clouds
continue your examination—

the contradictions
of human motivations,
the complexities of desires

carry them with you to your future
in the pocket of your ancient heart

its magic
will make you whole


Annette Gagliardi, an early childhood educator for 30 years, has authored two curriculum texts, two children’s books, and two books of poetry: Life Prints: A Collection and Reflections of Sunshine. Her poetry has appeared in many magazines, newspapers and 40 anthologies over the past 30 years and has won two national poetry awards and three state awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, League of Minnesota Poets, and other literary groups. annette.gagliardi at

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