Nature’s Balanced Opposites

Ayọ̀délé: Joy Has Arrived Home, by Alex Gambacorta

Noah Sandberg

You’re like a blossoming field of flowers vibrant from the sun’s light. 
I’m but cold, dry, arid soil, 
Neglected from nature’s nourishment 
Yearning for life’s golden light 
Awaiting for it to heal the wounds of the land 
Now dark and barren but once a flourishing 
Green garden of growth. 

Longing for nature’s attention 
Inside of this garden’s ghost is where I lie 
Forgotten by the gardener of life. 
Enraged by the loss of blossoming vibrant flowers. 
Dianthus, once beautiful and sharp, 
Engulfed by death’s shadow 
Awaiting for the seasons to pass 
To start to bloom once more, 
Hoping the garden will return 

Loosening this soil so life’s love may root 
On throughout this cold, dry, arid soil 
Veins of growing green 
Engulf what was once gray and gone 
Healing the soil and freeing from hate 
Across from this field vibrantly gray 
Turning lifeless, fading from nature’s gaze 
Envious of what it once was 

Barren now like the cold, dry, arid soil was 
Alongside each other, so similar yet so different 
Longing for nature’s green, loving, lushness 
As the soil once was, but is now spreading 
Nourishing soil to this vacant field 
Clenching on to the thin, frail roots 
Enveloping it with life, balanced by nature.


Noah Sandberg is a 2nd year Psychology major in the DPT program here at Marquette. He recently started writing poetry while taking a well-versed class in poetry fall semester and started writing as a hobby. When he’s not writing, he loves to draw and play saxophone. 

Alex Gambacorta is a graduate student in the Marquette English department. She is a Teaching Assistant and intern for the Education Preparedness Program (EPP) and a graduate researcher for the Indigeneity Lab.