Advent poems 9: Ten Thousand, by Roo Borson

 

Ten Thousand

 

It is dusk. The birds sweep low to the lake and then dive
up. The wind picks a few leaves off the ground
and turns them into wheels that roll
a little way and then collapse. There’s nothing like branches
planted against the sky to remind you
of the feel of your feet on the earth, the way your hands
sometimes touch each other. All those memories,
you wouldn’t want them over again, there’s no point.
What’s next, you ask yourself.
You ask it ten thousand times.

 

Roo Borson, from Night Walk, Selected Poems, Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1994.

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