The way the world is not Astonished at you It doesn't blink a leaf When we step from the house Leads me to think That beauty is natural, unremarkable And not to be spoken of Except in the course of things The course of singing and worksharing The course of squeezes and neighbors The course of you tying back your raving hair to go out And the course of course of me Astonished at you The way the world is not
Copyright © 1989 by Bill Knott. Used with permission of the author's literary executor, Robert Fanning.
Bill Knott published numerous poetry collections, including I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960–2014 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).
Date Published: 1989-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/sonnet