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Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing

Rating: 3.1

The light along the hills in the morning
comes down slowly, naming the trees
white, then coasting the ground for stones to nominate.

Notice what this poem is not doing.

A house, a house, a barn, the old
quarry, where the river shrugs--
how much of this place is yours?

Notice what this poem is not doing.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Spock The Vegan 16 December 2014

The poem has nor rhymed, that's what

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Deborah Wilson 24 October 2009

Wow...I've gone to several sites to find out what people think this poem might be about. One person mentionned something about open-endedness, which resonated more with me than most of the other comments (except, perhaps, for the ones that just claimed to have no idea what it was about) . One possible way of seeing it: the poem, while evoking images, can't experience any of the things that we do. And maybe it's a gentle reminder that it/poetry can't substitute for living our lives.

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E F 30 August 2006

The poem speaks to those who have departed. It speaks no words and yet volumes. Leaves no details, but images and shadows of living and dead. It speaks in the spaces and gaps and does not make a sound. It pulses with vibrant unfulfilled motions and departs unadorned.

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John Tiong Chunghoo 25 March 2006

such a lovely deep poem. hill climbing letting child hit summit first

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