Mark Strand

Rookie (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Keeping Things Whole - Poem by Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

Comments about Keeping Things Whole by Mark Strand

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (10/27/2015 3:16:00 PM)

    He both believes in keeping it simple [simple words, simple phrases, no meter, no rhyme], and making it as deep and surreal and overflowing with meaning as possible. It's like he has a split personality... come to think about it, so do we all. (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (10/27/2015 7:46:00 AM)

    Spaces! Aces; with the muse of life. Nice piece. (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (10/27/2015 7:02:00 AM)

    Deeply profound! This poem certainly went through me - not around me! (Report) Reply

  • Dylan Charles Dylan Charles (10/27/2015 5:32:00 AM)

    It is there when I am not, leaving your mark on a world that hints at your passing
    Superb (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (10/27/2015 4:56:00 AM)

    Whether we move or don't move, nature always has its own ways of balancing out things and keeping them whole. (Report) Reply

  • Amos Mahonisi (10/27/2015 4:27:00 AM)

    this is one of the greatest poems, written by great writes (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (10/27/2015 3:59:00 AM)

    Great write! Yes, there are reasons for every step we take. Our movement should be to make and not to mar. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman Seema Jayaraman (10/27/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    Profound...When I walk
    I part the air
    and always
    the air moves in
    to fill the spaces
    where my body's been.. Nature works so hard to keep things whole.. thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (10/27/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Defining what can't be defined! Poetry at its best. (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry .., Rahman .., Henry (10/27/2015 1:08:00 AM)

    Excellent thought. Indeed, poetry is the beauty of thought. (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (7/11/2015 10:12:00 AM)

    The fullness of absence; things are best known, most felt when they are absent, or appear to be. Beautiful, as always, poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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