James Arlington Wright

(13 December 1927 – 25 March 1980 / Ohio)

A Blessing - Poem by James Arlington Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

Comments about A Blessing by James Arlington Wright

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/2/2017 10:40:00 PM)

    Sometimes small things bring lot of blessings in our busy life. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (2/19/2017 10:34:00 AM)

    Admiration...appreciation...and of course blessing...excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (2/19/2017 8:45:00 AM)

    Blessing a good written poem, thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/19/2017 6:55:00 AM)

    Interesting poem.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2017 4:30:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a poem with masses of true love and affection? (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (2/19/2017 4:09:00 AM)

    What a killer of a last line sometimes on does feel like this breaking out into blossom beautifully penned some could learn, including me, from this. Simple can be extremely complicated.10+++++ (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2017 3:49:00 AM)

    I've been ambivalent about nature poems. This one has made me a fan. Such vivid imagery. What a communion with our other animal friends. And the ending is to die for. Definitely worthy of Poem Of The Day. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/19/2017 3:12:00 AM)

    My left hand
    Over to me. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (2/19/2017 2:00:00 AM)

    Yeah we can find blessing in innocent creatures. Only when show them our love we can see love n their eyes. Nice poem. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/19/2017 1:18:00 AM)

    ...gladly out of the willows.

    A poem rooted in communal love and reception.
    Well expressed and communicated.

    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/11/2015 2:24:00 PM)

    There is a blessing inherent in God's creatures when we really reach out and touch them with our soul (Report) Reply

  • (9/26/2013 4:18:00 PM)

    What (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (9/26/2013 4:50:00 AM)

    Great poem. This is all about love which we all need. (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2010 8:05:00 PM)

    Nearly 40 years ago, I was privileged to hear Mr. Wright read this poem at a poetry 'festival' in Evanston, Illinois, that was also attended by James Tate and Andrienne Rich. While there were many fine readings that evening, I have no doubt everyone in attendance remembers the special, magical silence that followed these verses. Breathtaking beauty. Lifechanging words. (Report) Reply

    (9/26/2014 12:52:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing this personal experience. I have never ranked Wright very high among modern (or postmodern) poets, but this poem convinces me that I should read his work again. If he has other poems like this one, I could become a serious fan. I've always liked his homey, agrarian Minnesota images, but they have never seemed to me so poignant and engaging as in this poem.

  • (10/30/2009 2:54:00 PM)

    This guy is super gay (Report) Reply

  • (5/27/2009 11:33:00 PM)

    This is my very favorite poem in all the world. It is so beautiful and about pure, perfect love. James Wright wrote it for Anne Sexton. I just love it! (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2009 12:32:00 AM)

    How absolutely beautiful your writing is.
    It makes me imagine in my mind that I am right there, hearing it, smelling it and seeing it. I hope that one day I would be able to bring enjoyment to someone by my writings. wonderful work
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  • (9/8/2008 4:27:00 PM)

    James Wright and son, Franz Wright, my distant poet relatives, both of whom I've never met. If only I was so blessed a poet. (Report) Reply

  • Peter Stavropoulos (8/4/2007 8:11:00 PM)

    A rich poem. Enriching everyone it touches. Truly a blessing. (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2005 7:06:00 PM)

    An estatic moment in a golden afternoon; this seems so different from many of his other gritty. I recognize this experience. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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