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It’s true there were times when it was too much
and I slipped off in the first light or its last hour
and drove up through the crooked way of the valley
and swam out to those ruins on an island.
Blackbirds were the only music in the spruces,
and the stars, as they faded out, offered themselves to me
like glasses of water ringing by the empty linens of the dead.
When Delilah watched the dark hair of her lover
tumble, she did not shatter. When Abraham
relented, he did not relent.
Still, I would tell you of the humbling and the waking.
I would tell you of the wild hours of surrender,
when the river stripped the cove’s stones
from the margin and the blackbirds built
their strict songs in the high
pines, when the great nests swayed the lattice
of the branches, the moon’s brute music
touching them with fire.
And you, there, stranger in the sway
of it, what would you have done
there, in the ruins, when they rose
from you, when the burning wings
ascended, when the old ghosts
shook the music from your branches and the great lie
of your one sweet life was lifted?
|October 28, 2010||Ants||Ravi Shankar|
|October 27, 2010||Tanka Diary [Don't need picket fences, brick wall]||Harryette Mullen|
|October 26, 2010||Autumn Evening||David Lehman|
|October 25, 2010||The Radio Animals||Matthea Harvey|
|October 24, 2010||October||Robert Frost|
|October 23, 2010||Spring and Fall||Gerard Manley Hopkins|
|October 22, 2010||Dead Horse||Thomas Lux|
|October 21, 2010||Sea Girls||A. E. Stallings|
|October 20, 2010||Fusiturricula Lullaby||Gjertrud Schnackenberg|
|October 19, 2010||Cape Coast Castle||Yusef Komunyakaa|