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The Luxury of Hesitation [excerpt from The Proof from Motion]

things 
forgotten
I could


burn in hell forever


set the glass
down, our
emotion's moment


eyes vs sunlight


how removed
here, from
here


towards the unfamiliar and


frankincense forests
against the discerning light


everybody
sudden


frightful indeed, the sound of
traffic and
no appetite


the crowd


I would like to be
beautiful when
written



"Horse and Rider" by Keith Waldrop   |   Click to enlarge

Credit


From Several Gravities by Keith Waldrop. Copyright © 2009 by Keith Waldrop. Used by permission of Siglio Press. All rights reserved.

Author


Keith Waldrop

Keith Waldrop is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Selected Poemsi (Omnidawn, 2016), as well as translations of contemporary French poets.

Date Published: 2009-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/luxury-hesitation-excerpt-proof-motion