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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 189 2012/08/05 8 years ago
3 SEEING WITH THE EYES OF THE HEART 161 2012/06/25 8 years ago
4 GHOST HOUSE 105 2012/06/23 8 years ago
5 SONNET NO. 76 BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 147 2011/09/22 9 years ago
6 YOUR BREATH WAS SHED 1 202 2011/08/28 9 years ago
7 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE 320 2011/08/03 9 years ago
8 LIFE IN A LOVE 299 2011/08/03 9 years ago
9 A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER 321 2011/08/03 9 years ago
10 ROBIN HOOD. TO A FRIEND. 303 2011/08/03 9 years ago
11 ODE TO AUTUMN 314 2011/08/03 9 years ago
12 THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK 2 347 2011/07/28 9 years ago
13 ARIEL'S SONG 245 2011/07/23 9 years ago
14 AN ODE TO ERNESTO SANTANA 358 2011/07/21 9 years ago
15 TINTERN ABBEY 255 2011/07/16 9 years ago
16 YOUTH AND AGE 494 2011/07/06 9 years ago
17 FOR ONCE, THEN SOMETHING 416 2011/07/03 9 years ago
18 A LANE OF YELLOW LED THE EYE 445 2011/07/02 9 years ago
19 BED IN SUMMER 210 2011/06/25 9 years ago
20 ABOU BEN ADHEM 150 2011/06/22 9 years ago
21 ANNABEL LEE 1 333 2011/06/22 9 years ago
22 ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE by JOHN KEATS 142 2011/06/18 9 years ago
23 THE GARDEN OF RAPTURE ITSELF* 186 2011/05/22 9 years ago
24 HOW THE MIND WORKS STILL TO BE SURE 178 2011/05/20 9 years ago
25 ORPHEUS, WITH HIS LUTE MADE TREES 167 2011/05/17 9 years ago
26 SONNET 21 159 2011/05/17 9 years ago
27 THE ECHOING GREEN 153 2011/05/15 9 years ago
28 THE DESERTED VILLAGE 244 2011/05/15 9 years ago
29 UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE 161 2011/05/15 9 years ago
30 LEISURE 166 2011/05/15 9 years ago
31 BREAK, BREAK, BREAK 192 2011/05/15 9 years ago
32 THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES 181 2011/05/14 9 years ago
33 THE MAN OF LIFE UPRIGHT 215 2011/05/12 9 years ago
34 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE 163 2011/05/12 9 years ago
35 A NATION'S STRENGTH 179 2011/05/12 9 years ago
36 I AM THE ONLY BEING 176 2011/05/12 9 years ago
37 ODE ON A GRECIAN URN 243 2011/05/12 9 years ago
38 ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD 193 2011/05/12 9 years ago
39 ODE ON SOLITUDE 169 2011/05/12 9 years ago
40 LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI 186 2011/05/12 9 years ago
41 AH! SUNFLOWER 174 2011/05/12 9 years ago
42 DAY LILIES 168 2011/05/12 9 years ago