You stand far from the crowd, adjacent to power. You consider the edge as well as the frame. You consider beauty, depth of field, lighting to understand the field, the crowd. Late into the day, the atmosphere explodes and revolution, well, revolution is everything. You begin to see for the first time everything is just like the last thing only its opposite and only for a moment. When a revolution completes its orbit the objects return only different for having stayed the same throughout. To continue is not what you imagined. But what you imagined was to change and so you have and so has the crowd.
Peter Gizzi, "Bolshevescent," from The Outernationale, © 2007 by Peter Gizzi, published by Wesleyan University Press. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.
Peter Gizzi was born in 1959 and grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Archeophonics (Wesleyan University Press, 2016).
Date Published: 2007-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/bolshevescent