• 2008-02-03

    poetic appreciation

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    Well,poem again.It's a little piece from the New Yorker Magazine,entitled "seeing whales",by Michael Dickman,which I so much enjoy savoring.

    I find the highlighted part especially poetic and lovable and beautiful...

     

    And here it is,the marvelous

     

    Seeing Whales

    by Michael Dickman          (courtesy New Yorker Magazine)

     

    ... waiting

     

    Unbelievable quiet

    except for their

    soundings

     

    Moving the sea around

     

    Unbelievable quiet inside you, as they change

    the face of water

     

    The only other time I felt this still was watching Leif shoot up when we were

    twelve

     

    Sunlight all over his face

     

    breaking

    the surface of something

    I couldn’t see

     

    You can wait your

    whole life

     

               _____

     

    The Himalayas are on the move, appearing and disappearing in the snow in

          the Himalayas

     

    Mahler

    begins to fill

    the half-dead auditorium

    giant step by

    giant step

     

    The Colorado

    The Snake

    The Salmon

     

    My grandfather walks across the front porch

    spotted with cancer, smoking

    a black cigar

     

    The whales fold themselves back and back inside the long hallways of salt

     

    You have to stare back at the salt

    the sliding mirrors

    all day

     

    just to see something

    maybe

     

    for the last time

     

               _____

     

    By now they are asleep

    some are asleep

    on the bottom of the world

    sucking the world in

    and blowing it out

    in wave-

    lengths

     

    Radiant ghosts

     

    Leif laid his head back on a pillow and waited for all the blood inside him

          to flush down a hole

     

    After seeing whales what do you see?

     

    The hills behind the freeway

     

    power lines

     

    green, green

    grass

     

    the green sea

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