John Williams

(29 August 1922 - 3 March 1994 / San Diego, California)

John Williams Poems

1. Swing Song 1/2/2003
2. Ode To The Only Girl 1/2/2003
3. A Benediction Of The Air 1/13/2003
Best Poem of John Williams

A Benediction Of The Air

In every presence there is absence.

When we're together, the spaces between
Threaten to enclose our bodies
And isolate our spirits.
The mirror reflects what we are not,
And we wonder if our mate
Suspects a fatal misreading
Of our original text,
Not to mention the dreaded subtext.
Reality, we fear, mocks appearance.
Or is trapped in a hall of mirrors
Where infinite regress prevents
A grateful egress. That is,
We can never know the meaning
Of being two-in-one,
Or if we are one-in-two.
What-I-Am is grieved at What-I'm-Not.
What-We-Should-Be ...

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