Published on Academy of American Poets (https://poets.org)


The Moment

Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment

when,   nothing 

happens 

no what-have-I-to-do-today-list 


maybe   half a moment  

the rush of traffic stops.  

The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be 

slows to silence,

the white cotton curtains hanging still.

Credit


Copyright © 2011 by Marie Howe. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Marie Howe

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. She currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Date Published: 2011-03-21

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/moment-0