Morning Verses (for Larry)

Morning Verses That one has this light through the trees That the river glitters That the goldfinches are awake as active verbs That the shed door hangs open & its hinges squeak as it shifts in a current of warming air That one has this like breath That one dares understand that this is the world one has

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Morning Verses (for Larry)”

  1. JD,
    This has the feeling it was made
    at one go (mostly), each line
    taking a further step to (in
    the last line) lifting off
    the page/screen, goldfinch-like.
    Nice, watching it pass by.

  2. Yes, Peter, a second draft, with only a few revisions. All written at one sitting this morning. Thanks.

  3. goldfinches as active verbs– most of ours around here are drab goldfinch adverbs, every once in a while, real gold.

    But the line reminds me of something Alan Watts once said– and he said millions of things: paraphrase: sometimes the universe Aristotles or Platos or Buddhas. Sometimes it just goldfinches.!

    Note to an earlier question: I am a Pennsylvanian, Nebraskan, Texan Larry Davis. I did graduate from Duquesne University however.

    thelrd in TEXAS

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