Poem for July 21

July 21, 2012 § Leave a comment


consciousness relates long gravity or we
wouldn’t have landed here we earthmen

our pages like paths over oregon territory
where we’ve never been but have senses for it

if indians come this way (being there before we
were) we will know this isn’t england altho

words come from there being a tradition we don’t
wholely ignore If chaucer were here too he’d

move over to her side we’d all laugh a little
as winter falcon would take his hand, laugh into it

and place it on her belly, big with john, the alien
from iowa 1971

but we’ve all held a mikrophone on this not totally
dark stage the intersecting cycles coming from the mill

throb until the great pomegranite appears
as a gift from iowa city to new york


-John Sjoberg, from Hazel & Other Poems (Toothpaste Press, 1976)

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