Emily Gaines

Emily is tending to “Return” by Kathy Engel, along with Micheal Hooker and Laura Cabochan.

The poem “Return” by Kathy Engel captures the connection between human and the other animals with which we share the world. I chose this poem because it describes how I’ve always felt: Earth is interconnected. Even insects have a place in our lives. I love the vivid imagery of the human body and I felt as if I could hear the calling of the animals as I read the poem. This intimacy between people and creature is not only physical but spiritual. I truly believe paying more attention to nature can help “repair the soul”.