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Poetry Friday: On What Planet by Kenneth Rexroth

October 25th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Float On cover by Misty Mtn

Uniformly over the whole countryside
The warm air flows imperceptibly seaward;
The autumn haze drifts in deep bands
Over the pale water;
White egrets stand in the blue marshes;
Tamalpais, Diablo, St. Helena
Float in the air.
Climbing on the cliffs of Hunter's Hill
We look out over fifty miles of sinuous
Interpenetration of mountains and sea.

Leading up a twisted chimney,
Just as my eyes rise to the level
Of a small cave, two white owls
Fly out, silent, close to my face.
They hover, confused in the sunlight,
And disappear into the recesses of the cliff.

All day I have been watching a new climber,
A young girl with ash blonde hair
And gentle confident eyes.
She climbs slowly, precisely,
With unwasted grace.

While I am coiling the ropes,
Watching the spectacular sunset,
She turns to me and says, quietly,
"It must be very beautiful, the sunset,
On Saturn, with the rings and all the moons."

- On What Planet by Kenneth Rexroth

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Comments

Posted by: Carol Varsalona (cvarsalona)
Posted at: October 25th, 2019 11:29 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 25th, 2019 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry Friday

Thanks for commenting.

Posted by: cheriee weichel (cheriee weichel)
Posted at: October 26th, 2019 12:41 am (UTC)

Thanks for this one. I loved listening to him reading this.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 26th, 2019 01:16 am (UTC)

Me too.

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: October 26th, 2019 06:39 pm (UTC)

A rock climbing poem! This might be the first one I've ever read. Takes me back to that other life when I, too, was a rock climber!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 26th, 2019 06:40 pm (UTC)

Nice!

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: October 27th, 2019 01:00 pm (UTC)
beautiful

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. I wonder what sunsets on Saturn are like.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 27th, 2019 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: beautiful

I hope they're beautiful.

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