Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today's post is a poem

It's true: I cop to being a poet first and foremost.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: POEM FOR MY LATE FORTIES

See, one day I realized I was thinking about death
as if it were a problem I could solve, as if
through sheer brilliance, hard work, or luck
I could outwit my fate, land safe on solid ground.
So all of this, I mused—-the sweet blue sky,
the falling light, the dizzy bone-deep fix
of oxygen and sun and fire—-was plain
out of my hands. I was free, it seemed,

to keep on stumbling—-blind, confused,
ticked off—-up the old twisting path,
to reach the top at last and claim
my prize: to face the dark wood,
as the poet said, and, pissing
in my pants with fear, go on.

To be published in Oberon later this year

3 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Wow, great poem!

mary said...

I wanted to respond with a poem! Another day.
Beautiful Harriet and so true a journey. Thank you~
I like poetry too. Without the rules. ;)

Harriet Brown said...

Aw, thanks, guys.