Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Charles Goodrich: "Evening Star"

Fork down hay
for the white-face steers.
Sit in the hay mow door
watching the horses graze,
chewing myself a dry clover sprig.

Long day over.
No evening plans.
Dust motes drift
on the ambering light.
Pigeons flap and coo in the rafters.

First star now
low in the east.
Sweat cools
and crusts on my face,
muscles lean back on their bones

and all thoughts heal down
to a low whistling.

"Evening Star" by Charles Goodrich. From Insects of South Corvallis (Cloudbank Books, 2003). © Charles Goodrich. Reprinted by permission of the poet.

Art credit: Untitled photograph taken by Gary Anthes inside the barn at the Kuerner farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where the late artist Andrew Wyeth made more than 1,000 drawings and paintings.

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