The grasses are light brown and ocean comes in long shimmering lines under the fleet from last night which dozes now in the early morning Here and there horses graze On somebody's acreage Strangely, it was not my desire that bade me speak in church to be released but memory of the way it used to be in careless and exotic play when characters were promises then recognitions. The world of transformation is real and not real but trusting. Enough of the lessons? I mean didactic phrases to take you in and out of love's mysterious bonds? Well I myself am not myself and which power of survival I speak for is not made of houses. It is inner luxury, of golden figures that breathe like mountains do and whose skin is made dusky by stars. O fresh day in February Come along with me under pine whose new cones make flowers. In a mellow mood let's take anything and you're better in the peaceful flowing in the bech in the bird who flys up out of coyote bush, bob cat who crosses the road. For who could think I could see the grace of other souls born, and reborn before in crab shells snail shells, the head of a grebe molesin, new onions up. Drawn by your clever sleigh of tortoise I listen for the melody to sing along.
From As Ever: Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger. Copyright © 2002 by Joanne Kyger. Reprinted by permission of Penguin. All rights reserved.
i count the morning
stars the air so sweet i turn
riverdark with sound.
From Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums. Copyright © 1998 by Sonia Sanchez. Used with the permission of Beacon Press.
Saw you walking barefoot taking a long look at the new moon's eyelid later spread sleep-fallen, naked in your dark hair asleep but not oblivious of the unslept unsleeping elsewhere Tonight I think no poetry will serve Syntax of rendition: verb pilots the plane adverb modifies action verb force-feeds noun submerges the subject noun is choking verb disgraced goes on doing now diagram the sentence 2007
From Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, published by W.W. Norton. Copyright © 2011 by Adrienne Rich. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.