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Bolshevescent

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.

Credit


Peter Gizzi, "Bolshevescent," from The Outernationale, © 2007 by Peter Gizzi, published by Wesleyan University Press. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Author


Peter Gizzi

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