Joyce Sutphen


Joyce Sutphen Poems

1. The Exorcism 8/27/2014
2. Just For The Record 8/27/2014
3. The Farm 8/27/2014
4. The Aunts 8/27/2014
5. A Kind Of Villanelle 8/27/2014
6. The Exam 8/27/2014
7. Next Time 8/28/2014
8. In Black 8/27/2014
9. Casino 8/27/2014
10. At The Moment 8/27/2014
11. Evening Angelus 8/27/2014
12. How To Listen 8/27/2014
13. Sometimes Never 8/27/2014
14. Older, Younger, Both 8/27/2014
15. Ever After 8/27/2014
16. Living In The Body 8/27/2014
17. Naming The Stars 1/13/2003
18. Crossroads 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Joyce Sutphen

Crossroads

The second half of my life will be black
to the white rind of the old and fading moon.
The second half of my life will be water
over the cracked floor of these desert years.
I will land on my feet this time,
knowing at least two languages and who
my friends are. I will dress for the
occasion, and my hair shall be
whatever color I please.
Everyone will go on celebrating the old
birthday, counting the years as usual,
but I will count myself new from this
inception, this imprint of my own desire.

The second half of my life will be swift, ...

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At The Moment

Suddenly, I stopped thinking about Love,
after so many years of only that,
after thinking that nothing else mattered.

And what was I thinking of when I stopped
thinking about Love? Death, of course—what else
could take Love's place? What else could hold such force?

I thought about how far away Death once

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