The Way Things Work Poem by Jorie Graham

The Way Things Work

Rating: 2.9


is by admitting
or opening away.
This is the simplest form
of current: Blue
moving through blue;
blue through purple;
the objects of desire
opening upon themselves
without us; the objects of faith.
The way things work
is by solution,
resistance lessened or
increased and taken
advantage of.
The way things work
is that we finally believe
they are there,
common and able
o illustrate themselves.
Wheel, kinetic flow,
rising and falling water,
ingots, levers and keys,
I believe in you,
cylinder lock, pully,
lifting tackle and
crane lift your small head-
I believe in you-
your head is the horizon to
my hand. I believe
forever in the hooks.
The way things work
is that eventually
something catches.

The Way Things Work
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kim Barney 01 June 2016

I think there must be a line or two missing at he beginning of this poem. is by admitting or opening away. Does not make sense to me, but the rest of the poem is certainly coherent, and certainly deserves more than the 4.2 rating given by the 16 voters so far.

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Khairul Ahsan 24 June 2016

I subscribe to your thought, Kim. I too thought so, while reading the poem.

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Edward Kofi Louis 01 June 2016

The way things work! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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M Asim Nehal 01 June 2016

Excellent poem, Thanks for sharing.10

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Ratnakar Mandlik 01 June 2016

Fantastic flight of imagery has made this poem very interesting. Thanks for sharing and congrats.

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Mahtab Bangalee 04 July 2018

finest line- The way things work is by solution, .... The way things work is that eventually something catches. really great mind great thought

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Son Goku 29 April 2018

Piece of ***** shit

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 29 August 2016

I believe in you- your head is the horizon to my hand. I believe forever in the hooks. The way things work is that eventually something catches. Beautiful work. Nice poem. Thanks for sharing.10 for it.

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Marieta Maglas 08 August 2016

Wheel, kinetic flow, rising and falling water, - wonderful 'flow' of this poem- indeed water is the essence of life.

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Leloudia Migdali 06 August 2016

A very nice poem full of truth given in an easy, quiet flow like water. I suppose the title is the first line of the poem?

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Jorie Graham

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