October 26, 2010

Poem-A-Day: David Lehman, Autumn Evening


October 26, 2010

Today's poem is copyright © 2010 by David Lehman. Used with permission of the author.

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    Autumn Evening
    by David Lehman

    (after Holderlin)

    The yellow pears hang in the lake.
    Life sinks, grace reigns, sins ripen, and
    in the north dies an almond tree.

    A genius took me by the hand and said
    come with me though the time has not yet come.

    Therefore, when the gods get lonely,
    a hero will emerge from the bushes
    of a summer evening
    bearing the first green figs of the season.

    For the glory of the gods has lain asleep
    too long in the dark
    in darkness too long
    too long in the dark.

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