Hello readers! BOA is launching a new feature on our website! Every week, our staff will share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem holds a very special place in BOA's history. It was written by our founder, A. Poulin, Jr., and selected by Michael Waters for inclusion in A. Poulin, Jr. Selected Poems (2001).
Cave DwellersI've carved a cave in the mountainside.
I've drilled for water, stocked provisions
to last a lifetime. The walls are smooth.
We can live here, love, safe from elements.
We'll invest another love that can't destroy.
We'll make exquisite reproductions of our
selves, immortal on these walls.
And whenthis sea that can't support us is burned clean,
when the first new creatures crawl from it,
gasping for water, air, more wondrous and more
wild than earth's first couple, they shall see
there were two before them: you and me.
–A. Poulin, Jr. from A. Poulin, Jr. Selected Poems