Quick, before you die,
describe
the exact shade
of this hotel carpet.
What is the meaning
of the irregular, yellow
spheres, some
hollow,
gathered in patches
on this bedspread?
If you love me,
worship
the objects
I have caused
to represent me
in my absence.
     *
Over and over
tiers
of houses spill
pleasantly
down that hillside.
It
might be possible
to count occurrences.
 
From Money Shot, published by Wesleyan University Press. Copyright © 2011 by Rae Armantrout. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Poems by This Author

A Conceit by Rae Armantrout
Local anchors list the ways
Chirality by Rae Armantrout
If I didn't need
Custom by Rae Armantrout
We maintain a critical distance
Scumble by Rae Armantrout
What if I were turned on by seemingly innocent words
Thing by Rae Armantrout
We love our cat
Two, Three by Rae Armantrout
Sad, fat boy in pirate hat
Unbidden by Rae Armantrout
The ghosts swarm
Upper World by Rae Armantrout
If sadness
Yonder by Rae Armantrout
Anything cancels


Further Reading

Carpe Diem
A Shropshire Lad, II
by A. E. Housman
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]
by William Shakespeare
Three Airs for the Beggar’s Opera, Air XXII
by John Gay
Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene III [O Mistress mine, where are you roaming?]
by William Shakespeare
A Psalm of Life
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Song On the End of the World
by Czeslaw Milosz
Another Song [Are they shadows that we see?]
by Samuel Daniel
Anything Can Happen
by Seamus Heaney
Archaic Torso of Apollo
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Barter
by Sara Teasdale
Be Drunk
by Charles Baudelaire
Carpe Diem: Poems for Making the Most of Time
Daphnis and Chloe
by Haniel Long
Days
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dreams
by Langston Hughes
First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
I Have News for You
by Tony Hoagland
I saw a man pursuing the horizon
by Stephen Crane
I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl (443)
by Emily Dickinson
If—
by Rudyard Kipling
Live Blindly and Upon the Hour
by Trumbull Stickney
My life closed twice before its close (96)
by Emily Dickinson
My life has been the poem I would have writ
by Henry David Thoreau
O Me! O Life!
by Walt Whitman
O, Gather Me the Rose
by William Ernest Henley
Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.
by Noah Eli Gordon
Song of Myself, III
by Walt Whitman
Song to Celia
by Ben Jonson
Thanatopsis
by William Cullen Bryant
the gate
by Tadeusz Różewicz
The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell
To Rosa
by Abraham Lincoln
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
by Robert Herrick
Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam
by Ernest Dowson
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths
by Philip James Bailey
When I consider every thing that grows (Sonnet 15)
by William Shakespeare
You Can't Have It All
by Barbara Ras