A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
We are walking through windows,
we are playing with air. We are
heating it up, but learning
to cool it all down. We are practicing wisdom
on a ten inch screen in a bolted room,
and sending a message to God
and his heavens: we can no longer believe.
We are herding millions of other magicians
into the schoolrooms to learn to be better.
And giving them tests, and carefully
making our judgments. We are passing by
the graveyard gardens, where every year more
stones appear. But we’re inscribing the morals:
A meaningful life, a life of adventure.
We are eating our ice creams, examining our bellies,
and wearing contraptions to hide all that flesh.
We are disappearing—but oh very slowly—until one day
we are hurtling through windows: Please
hold my hand, it is all I have left.
We are moments. Then we’re not.—Was that
blood on those pages? Never mind—we
Kathryn Levy is author of the poetry collections Losing the Moon and Reports. She was founding director of The Poetry Exchange and the New York City Ballet Poetry Project. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY.
Copyright 2018 Kathryn Levy