Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

Looking, Walking, Being - Poem by Denise Levertov

"The World is not something to
look at, it is something to be in."
Mark Rudman


I look and look.
Looking's a way of being: one becomes,
sometimes, a pair of eyes walking.
Walking wherever looking takes one.

The eyes
dig and burrow into the world.
They touch
fanfare, howl, madrigal, clamor.
World and the past of it,
not only
visible present, solid and shadow
that looks at one looking.

And language? Rhythms
of echo and interruption?
That's
a way of breathing.

breathing to sustain
looking,
walking and looking,
through the world,
in it.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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