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Contemporary Poetry and Poetics





Transcendence is a young man's retreat,
                                                                and resides in a place
Beyond place, vasty, boundless.
It hums, unlike the beauty of the world,
                                                    without pause, without mercy.

If it's an absence, it's we who are absent, not it.
If it's past cold and colorless,
                                                it's we who are colorless, not it.
If it's hidden, it's we who hide.

March is our medicine,
                                    we take it at morning, we take it at night.
It, too, is colorless, it, too, is cold and past tense.
But it's here, and so are we.

Each waits for deliverance.
March, however, unlike ourselves, knows what to expect—
April again in his Joseph coat.

The seasons don't care for us.  For them,
                                                transcendence is merely raiment,
And never a second thought.
Poor us, they think, poor us in our marly shoes,
                                                        poor us in our grass hair.

© by Charles Wright


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