Monday, July 21, 2014

Set down here precisely.

all quotes from this.

"I praise each day splintered down,
splintered down and wrapped in time like a husk,
a husk of many colors spreading,
at dawn fast over the mountains split."

"If the Greeks had looked at Mount Baker all day,
their large and honest art would have broken,
and they would have gone fishing,
as these people do."

"'Teach me Thy ways, O Lord'
is, like all prayers,
a rash one..."

"All day long I feel created.
I can see the blown dust on the skin on the back of my hand,
the tiny trapezoids of chipped clay, moistened and breathed alive.
There are some created sheep in the pasture below me,
sheep set down here precisely,
just touching their blue shadows hoof to hoof on the grass.
Created gulls pock the air, rip great curved seams in the settled air;
I greet my created meal, amazed."

"Had she been new, or old?
Had she mated and laid her eggs,
had she done her work?"

"Of itself it is nothing,
but the view,
as they say,
is good."

"Is this the only final beauty:
the color of any skin in any light
and living, human eyes?"

"You spill your breath.
Nothing holds;
the whole show rolls."

"...all the landscape's occasions,
to all its weathers, colors and lights."


benjaminw said...

I think that you live in the most beautiful of worlds, surrounded my the most lovely of people.

Anonymous said...

You have a boyfriend!! That guy who commented in fact. Just wanted to point it out.
And he's right. You live in this crazy beautiful world, surrounded by gorgeous people.
Love you Em, miss you!

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