Saturday, March 13, 2010

There are those whom no amount of patience looks likely to improve ever


Here's Mount Wellington as viewed from the south east, from the beach of Opossum Bay. What could be finer when sittung on the beach than reading poems featuring peaches?

Nothing, that's what!

Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm
, by Carl Phillips


So that each
is its own, now--each has fallen, blond stillness.
Closer, above them,
the damselflies pass as they would over water,
if the fruit were water,
or as bees would, if they weren't
somewhere else, had the fruit found
already a point more steep
in rot, as soon it must, if
none shall lift it from the grass whose damp only
softens further those parts where flesh
goes soft.

There are those
whom no amount of patience looks likely
to improve ever, I always said, meaning
gift is random,
assigned here,
here withheld--almost always
correctly
as it's turned out: how your hands clear
easily the wreckage;
how you stand--like a building for a time condemned,
then deemed historic. Yes. You
will be saved.

3 comments:

Who Is Afraid of Tim Burton? Two?... said...

Hi! Kris,
What a nice photograph...the calm water(s), the blue skie(s) and boats.
Nice quote and equally, nice poem too!
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Roddy said...

What about a peaceful time sitting on your boat off Opossum bay reading poems regarding peaches?

Kris said...

I need a boat...