Sunday, May 4, 2014

Jim Harrison: "Becoming"

Nowhere is it the same place as yesterday.
None of us is the same person as yesterday.
We finally die from the exhaustion of becoming.
This downward cellular jubilance is shared
by the wind, bugs, birds, bears and rivers,
and perhaps the black holes in galactic space
where our souls will all be gathered in an invisible
thimble of antimatter. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.
Yes, trees wear out as the wattles under my chin
grow, the wrinkled hands that tried to strangle
a wife beater in New York City in 1957.
We whirl with the earth, catching our breath
as someone else, our soft brains ill-trained
except to watch ourselves disappear into the distance.
Still, we love to make music of this puzzle.

"Becoming" by Jim Harrison, from Saving Daylight. © Copper Canyon Press, 2006.

Photography credit: Still image from "The Sound of the Earth Spinning," a film by Dean Omori (originally color).

Dean Omori
Dean Omori
Dean Omori
Dean Omori
Dean Omori

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