Published on Academy of American Poets (


After TM Davy

The impending light
pushes out from
an unstable center.

It tries to convert
flux into stasis. I
watch it from my

indolent perch
on the couch. If it
pushes too hard

we will capsize.
I prefer to regard
it from across

the room, letting
it guide me without
burning a hole in my sight.


Originally published in Live Magazine. Copyright © 2016 by Sally Van Doren. Used with the permission of the author.


Sally Van Doren

Poet Sally Van Doren was the recipient of the 2007 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets

Date Published: 2017-09-21

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