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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