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Michael Simms: Evening in the Adirondacks

Always it will be late summer in your mind:

Birches give off a full and dark light


With a motion you know will abide and return

Every evening. You are changed


By small things: an elm seed spins

To earth, and like your talent for the cello


The possibilities remain enclosed.

Being ordinary makes you a hero—


Sweeping the porch, looking at the sky,

You become more than yourself. The solace for being


Dull is being perfectly at ease with the world.

All afternoon


The afternoon sails in and out the window,

And the first star starts the lake singing.

Copyright 2016 Michael Simms

4 comments on “Michael Simms: Evening in the Adirondacks

  1. Patricia A. Nugent
    August 23, 2016

    Love this – sitting in the ADK’s as I read it. Wondering if/where you visited…..


    • Vox Populi
      August 23, 2016

      Patricia. Thanks! I lived in upstate NY for a while and drove through the ADK’s a number of times. I wrote this remembering the lovely summers there.


  2. charlie.brice@gmail.com
    August 23, 2016

    Great poem, Michael. A killer last line! Charlie

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 2 people

  3. jfrobb
    August 23, 2016

    Thanks for these quietly evocative words. Bringing to mind (though in less articulated ways) times spent at Silver Bay on Lake George. Perhaps aided by the weather here in PIttsburgh these last couple of days. With the quiet peacefulness of what I have always known as Indian (Native American / First Nation?) Summer still ahead.

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