The Awakening

July 26, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

please note: the asterix are here used to signify stanza breaks. they are not present in the original poem, but (for some reason) i can’t get word press to leave empty lines.

kitchen telephone V

The Awakening

for Charles Olson

by Robert Creeley

He feels as he awakens,

but in the stream’s sudden mirror,

a pool of darkening water,

sees his size with his own two eyes.

*

The trees are taller here,

fall off to no field or clearning,

and depewnd on the inswept air

for the place in which he finds himself thus lost.

*

I was going on to tell you

when the door bell rang it was

another story as I know

previously had happened, had occured.

*

That was a woman’s impression

of the wonders of the morning, the same place,

whiter air now, and strong breezes

and the ring of a far off telephone.

*

God is no bone of whitened contention.

God is not air, nor hair, is not

a conclusive concluding

to remote yearnings. He moves

*

only as I move, you also move to

the awakening, across long rows, of beds,

stumble breathlessly, on leg pins and crutch,

moving at all as all men, because you must.

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