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Miriam Levine: Surfer at Wellfleet

for Helen

Where does he get

the patience to wait through the twilight, rocking

on his stomach in the break and surge,

head to the side as if he were sleeping?  It’s freezing

in the afterglow when he finally rises on his one long ride home.

From The Dark Opens. Copyright 2007. Winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by Mark Doty.

3 comments on “Miriam Levine: Surfer at Wellfleet

  1. David Hummon
    July 26, 2020

    Yes, thank you for sharing. We do need patience, waiting for the time to rise and ride. Cheers.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Helen Heineman
    July 25, 2020

    Dear Miriam,
    Do you remember that I kept a copy of the Surfer poem on a bulletin board in my office, from the time I left the department for the AVP and Presidency? The last line always spoke volumes to me. And it still gives me a lift today! Thank you so much for sending it. Love, Helen

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nancy Gray
    July 25, 2020

    So good to see your face and read the poem. Nancy

    Liked by 1 person

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