Thursday, September 12, 2013

Storm Rising

And a poem by Denise Levertov.

Crackle and flash almost in the kitchen sink---the
thunderclap follows even as I
jump back frightened,
afraid to touch metal---

                           The roofgutters pouring down
                            whole rivers, making holes in the earth---
         The electric bulbs fade and go out,
                another thin crackling lights the window
         and in the instant before the next onslaught of kettledrums

a small bird, I don't know its name,
among the seagreen tossed leaves
                                                    begins its song.

From Denise Levertov; Poems 1968-1972, New Directions, 1987, page 69.

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