A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
I turn away from the news
To the open book of Musō Soseki
Where he writes that inside his heart
He keeps three thousand prancing horses.
The heater comes on and it’s early afternoon,
The middle of January, and out there
its grey wind and saturated lawns
And at the end of the dog walk I have to
Really rub down those soft soaked paws,
And you press down a little too hard
Because all I want to do is go back
To my chair and my desk and read
About Heaven Peak, and hope
That mountains are still holding it up.
Copyright 2017 Philip Terman
Philip Terman’s many books include Our Portion: New and Selected Poems published by Autumn House Press.