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Clear

Recorded for Poem-a-Day, July 28, 2016.
About this Poem 

“This poem arrived after a period of depression that coincided with a week and a half of overcast weather. I felt a particularly gentle euphoria when the sun finally came out; I wrote the poem from within that space, that clearing.”
—Joseph Massey

Clear

After eight days of rain
what isn’t overwritten
under sun. These

asphalt cracks
pushed further apart.
Eight days without

definition: gray walled
the room in, and I
thought I found a way

to stop thinking—to allow
gray to become a sound
I couldn’t hum myself out of.

All I heard was a window.
A long weed beat
unevenly against it.

Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Massey. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 28, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Massey. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 28, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.