Saturday, June 21, 2014

After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard

Beneath Blooms (M.A. Reilly, 2014)

After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside 

to the Dwarf Orchard

Charles Wright
East of me, west of me, full summer.
How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
                                         looking for home
As night drifts up like a little boat.

Day after day, I become of less use to myself.
Like this mockingbird,
                       I flit from one thing to the next.
What do I have to look forward to at fifty-four?
Tomorrow is dark.
                  Day-after-tomorrow is darker still.

The sky dogs are whimpering.
Fireflies are dragging the hush of evening
                                           up from the damp grass.
Into the world’s tumult, into the chaos of every day,
Go quietly, quietly.


  1. Cool something to start my day. #edcampoc today. 54's in my rear view. Dunno about going quietly. Is learning new stuff quiet? I'm short on someday

    1. I think learning new stuff can be quiet. The being. Nothing more. Just being. It is a cool something. Love that way of saying it.