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MAN IN STREAM

You stand in the brook, mud smearing
your forearms, a bloodied mosquito on your brow,
your yellow T-shirt dampened to your chest
as the current flees between your legs,
amber, verdigris, unraveling
today's story, last night's travail . . .

You stare at the father beaver, eye to eye,
but he out-stares you—you who trespass in his world,
who have, however unwilling, yanked out his fort,
stick by tooth-gnarled, mud-clobbered stick,
though you whistle vespers to the wood thrush
and trace flame-flicker in the grain of yellow birch.

Death outpaces us. Upended roots
of fallen trees still cling to moss-furred granite.
Lichen smolders on wood-rot, fungus trails in wisps.
I wanted a day with cracks, to let the Godlight in.
The forest is always a nocturne, but it gleams,
the birch tree tosses its change from palm to palm,
and we who unmake are ourselves unmade
if we know, if only we know
how to give ourselves in this untendered light.
( (By Rosanna Warren).

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2 LONDON 197 2012/08/05 8 years ago
3 SEEING WITH THE EYES OF THE HEART 168 2012/06/25 8 years ago
4 GHOST HOUSE 112 2012/06/23 8 years ago
5 SONNET NO. 76 BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 153 2011/09/22 9 years ago
6 YOUR BREATH WAS SHED 1 216 2011/08/28 9 years ago
7 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE 327 2011/08/03 9 years ago
8 LIFE IN A LOVE 306 2011/08/03 9 years ago
9 A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER 328 2011/08/03 9 years ago
10 ROBIN HOOD. TO A FRIEND. 309 2011/08/03 9 years ago
11 ODE TO AUTUMN 323 2011/08/03 9 years ago
12 THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK 2 351 2011/07/28 9 years ago
13 ARIEL'S SONG 250 2011/07/23 9 years ago
14 AN ODE TO ERNESTO SANTANA 366 2011/07/21 9 years ago
15 TINTERN ABBEY 262 2011/07/16 9 years ago
16 YOUTH AND AGE 504 2011/07/06 9 years ago
17 FOR ONCE, THEN SOMETHING 424 2011/07/03 9 years ago
18 A LANE OF YELLOW LED THE EYE 457 2011/07/02 9 years ago
19 BED IN SUMMER 213 2011/06/25 9 years ago
20 ABOU BEN ADHEM 154 2011/06/22 9 years ago
21 ANNABEL LEE 1 337 2011/06/22 9 years ago
22 ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE by JOHN KEATS 148 2011/06/18 9 years ago
23 THE GARDEN OF RAPTURE ITSELF* 191 2011/05/22 9 years ago
24 HOW THE MIND WORKS STILL TO BE SURE 184 2011/05/20 9 years ago
25 ORPHEUS, WITH HIS LUTE MADE TREES 172 2011/05/17 9 years ago
26 SONNET 21 165 2011/05/17 9 years ago
27 THE ECHOING GREEN 160 2011/05/15 9 years ago
28 THE DESERTED VILLAGE 248 2011/05/15 9 years ago
29 UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE 165 2011/05/15 9 years ago
30 LEISURE 176 2011/05/15 9 years ago
31 BREAK, BREAK, BREAK 203 2011/05/15 9 years ago
32 THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES 186 2011/05/14 9 years ago
33 THE MAN OF LIFE UPRIGHT 220 2011/05/12 9 years ago
34 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE 168 2011/05/12 9 years ago
35 A NATION'S STRENGTH 183 2011/05/12 9 years ago
36 I AM THE ONLY BEING 181 2011/05/12 9 years ago
37 ODE ON A GRECIAN URN 247 2011/05/12 9 years ago
38 ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD 199 2011/05/12 9 years ago
39 ODE ON SOLITUDE 171 2011/05/12 9 years ago
40 LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI 192 2011/05/12 9 years ago
41 AH! SUNFLOWER 177 2011/05/12 9 years ago
42 DAY LILIES 172 2011/05/12 9 years ago