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    Poem: “So Trued to a Roar”

    By Christian Wiman

    November 30, 2021
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    So trued to a roar,
    so accustomed to a grimace
    of against, I hardly noticed
    it was over.

    Like an invalid I crept
    out into the open
    (since when was there an open?)
    and like a revenant lipped

    the names of things
    turned things again:
    white pine, quaking aspen,
    shagbark that by all rights

    should have been shorn.
    Was it for this, I asked
    (since when was there someone to ask?)
    that I was born?

    No answer, unless of leaves
    acquiring light, and small lives
    going about their business
    of being less,

    and on the clear pond
    (and in the clearer beyond)
    the mien of a man
    unraptured back to man.

     

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    Eyvind Earle, Red Leaves © 2021 Eyvind Earle Publishing. Used by permission.

    Contributed By Christian Wiman Christian Wiman

    Christian Wiman is a distinguished American poet and former editor of Poetry magazine.

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