Sunday, July 28, 2013

Edward Hirsch: "The Widening Sky"

I am so small walking on the beach
at night under the widening sky.
The wet sand quickens beneath my feet
and the waves thunder against the shore.

I am moving away from the boardwalk
with its colorful streamers of people
and the hotels with their blinking lights.
The wind sighs for hundreds of miles.

I am disappearing so far into the dark
I have vanished from sight.
I am a tiny seashell
that has secretly drifted ashore

and carries the sound of the ocean
surging through its body.
I am so small now no one can see me.
How can I be filled with such a vast love?

"The Widening Sky" by Edward Hirsch, from Lay Back the Darkness. © Knopf, 2004.

Photography credit: Unknown (originally color).


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