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Sonnet

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

Credit


Copyright © 1989 by Bill Knott. Used with permission of the author's literary executor, Robert Fanning.

Author


Bill Knott

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