The Relative Weight of Regret

Those regrets weigh most that recall some failure of responsibility to another human being, or to an animal; I don't much regret sinning against abstract principles.

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.

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    The first cool enough night
    I open the windows
    just to listen to the sounds
    of no air conditioning

    the stars take up their Volga
    Boatman imitations
    the moon still paddles upstream
    we are all human again

    and though undressing for centuries
    there’s still no nakedness
    in sight no end

    of blood or bodies
    the balance broken
    then barely resumed.

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