Joy Matusky Goldstein, a longtime islander known best as a potter and activist, has also quietly written poetry for many years. She’ll go public as a poet and read from her recently published chapbook, “Discoveries,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Vashon Community Care. She’ll also give away the chapbooks in exchange for donations to VCC.
The book was published by islander Jane Neubauer, Goldstein’s longtime friend who showed pottery with her as part of the “Mud Mamas” on Vashon’s studio art tour. Goldstein is well known on the island and beyond as a self-professed “peacenik,” sitting vigil against violence and for world peace with Vashon Women in Black, and being arrested many times while demonstrating at the Navy’s nuclear submarine base and its undersea warfare center in Kitsap County. She has also served her community in many other ways, including serving on the board of Vashon HouseHold.
THE LITTLE EFFORTS THAT I MAKE
You say the little efforts that I make
will not prevail,
that they will do no good
to tip the scale
where life hangs in the balance —
Perhaps I never thought they would
but I am called, past all debate
to choose which side
shall feel the stubborn ounces
of my weight.
STEP BY FRAGILE STEP
Step by fragile step
we walk out onto air,
feeling with our feet
for what cannot be there
until we weight it with belief
and turn the air to rock.
Step into dream; the road unrolls
beneath us as we walk.
LOOKING AT THE OTHER
I envy trees. I cannot stand,
arms raised to heaven, more than minutes.
They grow in glory, offering praise
in one green gesture all their lives.
Perhaps they envy me. For all the pain,
the greed, the busy blindness of this human life
I’m sometimes blessed to stop.