William Stafford

(January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993 / Kansas)

William Stafford Poems

1. With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach 1/20/2003
2. When I Met My Muse 1/13/2003
3. Walking West 4/15/2010
4. Waking at 3 a.m. 1/13/2003
5. Traveling Through The Dark 1/13/2003
6. This Life 1/13/2003
7. Thinking For Berky 1/13/2003
8. The Well Rising 4/15/2010
9. The Light By The Barn 1/13/2003
10. Security 1/13/2003
11. Returned To Say 1/13/2003
12. Report To Crazy Horse 4/15/2010
13. Remembering Mountain Men 1/13/2003
14. Passing Remark 4/15/2010
15. One Home 4/15/2010
16. Objector 1/13/2003
17. Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing 1/13/2003
18. Monuments For A Friendly Girl At A Tenth Grade Party 4/15/2010
19. Lit Instructor 1/13/2003
20. Just Thinking 1/13/2003

Atavism

1
Sometimes in the open you look up
where birds go by, or just nothing,
and wait. A dim feeling comes
you were like this once, there was air,
and quiet; it was by a lake, or
maybe a river you were alert
as an otter and were suddenly born
like the evening star into wide

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