I know, I’m being really random. But I’m still reading The Wood Wife, and I have a review of Pretties and The Geography of Bliss that I could be bringing to you. Saturday, my friends. Saturday will be a day of catching up between family visits and homework.
This is what the poets.org Poem-A-Day email sent me today:
by Wayne Miller
Tonight all the leaves are paper spoons
in a broth of wind. Last week
they made a darker sky below the sky.
The houses have swallowed their colors,
and each car moves in the blind sack
of its sound like the slipping of water.
Flowing means falling very slowly-
the river passing under the tracks,
the tracks then buried beneath the road.
When a knocking came in the night,
I rose violently toward my reflection
hovering beneath this world. And then
the fluorescent kitchen in the window
like a page I was reading-a face
coming into focus behind it:
my neighbor locked out of his own party,
looking for a phone. I gave him
a beer and the lit pad of numbers
through which he disappeared; I found
I was alone with the voices that bloomed
as he opened the door. It’s time
to slip my body beneath the covers,
let it fall down the increments of shale,
let the wind consume every spoon.
My voice unhinging itself from light,
my voice landing in its cradle-.
How terrifying a payphone is
hanging at the end of its cord.
Which is not to be confused with sleep-
sleep gives the body back its mouth.
Man, that’s a beautiful opening stanza. You don’t get much more beautiful than that.