A Poem for The Late Afternoon

Gratitude: A Sentence With the trees in full leaf in high summer I can only see a little patch of the river through the lower branches reflecting the sky with its drifting cumulus & altocumulus, but like a fragment of mirror, that patch of river intensifies what it reflects— especially the hues & values of sunrise (orange) & sunset (yellow), with every shade of every other color passing across the smooth or ruffled surface every day.

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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