Tuesday, August 16, 2011

an infinite distance


It comes unsought -- only unsought.

It comes uninvited -- only uninvited --
and by preference at the core of sorrow,
when sorrow without relief

slumps into the mind like thick,
obvious mud: the sick child,
the fallen marriage, the failing

god who hides the fragments of his face
in debris, weeks when you learn
sorrow is the only possibility.

It comes like this. One evening
you trudge along, broken,
a street chosen because choice

doesn’t matter, watching your numb
shoes, and for no reason at all
the late-spring light lifts itself

up from the late-spring lawns,
and the two sullen teens,
glaring as you pass, shyly

take each others’ hands,
and the fading sun
has just enough day left

to burn the stained glass
of a stone church
free of its gray blur,

so that gold and blue flash
and yearn, and the sky above
trembles now, ready -- ready

to fly open at just the right whisper.



  1. "watching your numb shoes" ... what a fascinating line

  2. the profound sponataneity of life/love/loss/revelation/being))

    and who are we, so small inside of these miracles? and what does that really matter? look, the gift of the shift of light!

    the image makes me quiet and then i laugh, for it is all right here, no figuring needed.



  3. i cannot talk about this picture and this poem at the same time, it is just too much... too much emotion and also too intense the need of stepping beyond words, of bowing the head, like this angel, and keep quiet, letting the light play gently upon the surface of things, of my soul... trembling now, ready, ready to fly open at just the right whisper...
    (the poet only knows the right whisper, the right gesture, even when he painfully thinks he doesn't)