76. Thank Youse I
Thank you A. D. Hope
"A parable of all we are or do!
The life of Nature is a formal dance
In which each step is ruled by what has been
and yet the pattern emerges always new:
The marriage of linked cause and random chance
Gives birth perpetually to the unforeseen."
Thank you A. R Ammons
"Tipping on its handle
the Dipper unobtrusively
poured out the night."
Thank you Adrienne Rich
"I know you are reading this poem
standing up in a bookstore far from the ocean
on a grey day of early spring, faint flakes driven
across the plains’ enormous spaces around you."
"Thank you Anne Sexton
The first spanking when your heart
went on a journey all alone."
Thank you Archibald MacLeish
"To lie late in the odor of coffee
thinking of nothing at all, listening . . ."
Thank you Billy Collins
"No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart."
Thank you charles Bukowski
"you must refuse to join them.
you must remain yourself.
you must open the curtains
or the blinds
or the windows
to the gentle light.
it's there in life
and even in death
it can be
Thank you Constantine P. Cavafy
"And even more honor is due to them
when they foresee (as many do foresee)
that Ephialtis will turn up in the end,
that the Medes will break through after all."
Thank you Czeskaw Milosz
"Look, see the long shadow cast by the trees;
And flowers and people throw shadows on the earth:
What has no shadow has no strength to live."
Thank you David Wagoner
"If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you."
Thank you Delmore Schwartz
"In dark accidents the mind's sufficient grace."
Thank you Denise Levertov
"All others talked as if
talk were a dance.
Clodhopper I, with clumsy feet
would break the gliding ring."