Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "The Almanac of Last Things"

"The Almanac of Last Things"

"From the almanac of last things
I choose the spider lily
for the grace of its brief
blossom, though I myself
fear brevity,
but I choose The Song of Songs
because the flesh
of those pomegranates
has survived
all the frost of dogma.

I choose January with its chill
lessons of patience and despair- and
August, too sun-struck for lessons.
I choose a thimbleful of red wine
to make my heart race,
then another to help me
sleep. From the almanac
of last things I choose you,
as I have done before.
And I choose evening
because the light clinging
to the window
is at its most reflective
just as it is ready
to go out."

- Linda Pastan,
"Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998"

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