Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Poem for November 22

Postcard to Crawford, Texas,
from the Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan

Surrounded by water,
we don’t think much about the desert
or how to make one.

The sunsets and the stars
humble us with their presence—
because we know these are God banners,
and not the flags we raise with our own hands.

We live with the bats
and the spiders, and cannot hate
what is so much a part of the place
and our own history.

We don’t do much clearing,
because sometimes the world works
by letting things grow

with a simple love of where we are:

surrounded by Huron’s waters,
the cedar forest, and each other.

Wish you were here.

© 2006 by Rob Hardy. Originally published in the Water-Stone Review, vol. 9 (Fall 2006).

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment."

John F. Kennedy, Address at Amherst College, October 26, 1963. Today is the 44th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1 comment:

Eugene O'Neil-Simon said...

What a wonderful posting. As a Les Cheneaux Islands native living in Chicago, it's nice to be reminded of your roots from time to time.

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .