Plough Logo

Shopping Cart

      View Cart

    Subtotal: $

    Checkout
    cherry petals covered with rain drops

    Poem: “Sonnet Addressed to George Oppen, Arlington National Cemetery”

    By Eric T. Racher

    May 31, 2022
    0 Comments
    0 Comments
    0 Comments
      Submit

    This poem was a finalist for Plough’s 2022 Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award.


    I think of the dead, the disposition of
    the grave, the marble here arrayed. I’ve found
    my words to be but parodies of sound
    or parodies of silence, and (above
    all else, perhaps) mere parodies of love.
    The ‘heartlessness’ of words, you wrote (you, bound,
    as I), lies in their opacity. We sound
    their depths—the force of clarity, a cove-
    nant. Over by the Mall, the cherry trees
    are finishing their dance, and the monuments
    are softened by the scent of fading blooms.
    Our wounded earth is flooded with a sea
    of petals that flick and flutter as they’re spent.
    Her broad back bends beneath their soft perfume.

    Contributed By EricRacher Eric T. Racher

    Eric T. Racher is the author of a chapbook of poetry, Five Functions Defined on Experience: For Jay Wright (2021), and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetica, Dreich, and Maximus.

    Learn More
    0 Comments