Steel and Air Poem by John Ashbery

John Ashbery

Rochester, New York

Steel and Air

Rating: 3.8


And now I cannot remember how I would
have had it. It is not a conduit (confluence?) but a place.
The place, of movement and an order.
The place of old order.
But the tail end of the movement is new.
Driving us to say what we are thinking.
It is so much like a beach after all, where you stand
and think of going no further.
And it is good when you get to no further.
It is like a reason that picks you up and
places you where you always wanted to be.
This far, it is fair to be crossing, to have crossed.
Then there is no promise in the other.
Here it is. Steel and air, a mottled presence,
small panacea
and lucky for us.
And then it got very cool.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Smoky Hoss 23 August 2016

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. - Benjamin Franklin

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John Ashbery

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