Joseph Brodsky

(24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996 / Leningrad)

A List Of Some Observation... - Poem by Joseph Brodsky

A list of some observation. In a corner, it's warm.
A glance leaves an imprint on anything it's dwelt on.
Water is glass's most public form.
Man is more frightening than its skeleton.
A nowhere winter evening with wine. A black
porch resists an osier's stiff assaults.
Fixed on an elbow, the body bulks
like a glacier's debris, a moraine of sorts.
A millennium hence, they'll no doubt expose
a fossil bivalve propped behind this gauze
cloth, with the print of lips under the print of fringe,
mumbling "Good night" to a window hinge.


Comments about A List Of Some Observation... by Joseph Brodsky

  • Gold Star - 31,725 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/21/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    The poem itself makes some fear in the minds owing of its contents of man is frightening may be the ruler which has a negative feeling but beautiful in poem. (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Freshman - 738 Points Stephen W (2/27/2014 3:53:00 PM)

    Quite odd, but amusing in parts. Would have been better without the bivalve. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Rosa Jamali (7/1/2010 5:43:00 AM)

    Very creative, couldn't be any better! (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: winter, water, night



Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



[Hata Bildir]