[lit-ideas] Re: Monday Poem

I'm glad you didn't throw it away, Eric.
Ursula
melting in North Bay (breaking heat and humidity records from 1948)

Eric Yost wrote:

"Life Lesson"

Through orderly canyons and complex glass cubes
we talked a way in fumes and neon names to this:
a few acres of fruit trees, a few rented rooms
that precisely measure the size of our ambition
to be the world.

You said a garden spade of soil outpopulates cities,
contains more movement than the designs of industry,
even if to the unaware, it's just a pound of humus
whitened by roots and stones, a gesture cast aside
by the hole we've dug ourselves.

So it is that our dreams simplify, our plans reduce
all origins to a handful of order, a few hard words,
or a hole in our garden.


Eric


[throwaway file '99]



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