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Sunday, January 22, 2006

 

Poems on a Sunday Morning

Time for a break from unpleasant subjects


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Wright * Milward * Brautigan * Simpson * Mecklenburger

TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN
 
In Fargo, North Dakota, a man
Warned me that the river might rise
To flood stage again,
On the bridge, a girl hurries past me alone,
Unhappy face.
Will she pause in the wet grass somewhere ?
Behind my eyes she stands tiptoe, yearning
for confused sparrows
To fetch a bit of string and dried wheatbeard
To line her outstretched hand.
I open my eyes and gaze down
At the dark water.
---James Wright





I WAS DOWN THE FIELD


I was down the field
finding foxgloves


When I returned
the front door was banging
and this was on the table
written in the dust
I BROUGHT THE BIG BOSS
TO MEET YOU
YOU CAN IMAGINE
WHAT HE THOUGHT


I chose the white jar
for the flowers
---Pamela Milward


OUR BEAUTIFUL WEST COAST THING


"We are a coast people
There is nothing but ocean beyond us."
---Jack Spicer


I sit here dreaming
long thoughts of California
at the end of a November day
below a cloudy twilight
near the Pacific


listening to Mamas and The Papas
THEY'RE GREAT
singing a song about breaking
somebody's heart and digging it !


I think I'll get up
and dance around the room.


Here I go !
---Richard Brautigan


BIRCH


Birch tree, you remind me
Of a room filled with breathing,
The sway and whisper of love.


She slips off her shoes;
Unzips her skirt; arms raised,
Unclasps an earring, and the other.


Just so the sallow trunk
Divides, and the branches
Are pale and smooth.
---Louis Simpson


STILL-LIFE


Bric-a-brac shelf
on the pale kitchen wall,
Six spaces filled
with delicate, lonely things:
vases of miniature flowers--
lavender, pale orange and yellow;
a bronzed baby-shoe;
two jars--cranberry glass
and Dutch blue china.
Together, carefully dusted
they almost breathe.
---Ralph Mecklenburger



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The first three are from "A First Reader of Contemporary American Poetry" edited by Patrick Gleeson ©1969 by Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co. The last two from "Since feeling is first", an anthology compiled by James Mecklenburger and Gary Simmons, Indiana University, 1971.

I picked up the volumes years ago at an used book store in Menlo Park, California.


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Cold, sunny morning. Temp. about 60°F (15° C).


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