Blandeur

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
If it please God,   
let less happen.   
Even out Earth's   
rondure, flatten   
Eiger, blanden
the Grand Canyon.
Make valleys
slightly higher,   
widen fissures   
to arable land,   
remand your
terrible glaciers   
and silence
their calving,   
halving or doubling
all geographical features   
toward the mean.
Unlean against our hearts.   
Withdraw your grandeur   
from these parts.

Kay Ryan, “Blandeur” from Say Uncle. Copyright © 2000 by Kay Ryan. Reprinted with the permission of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Source: Say Uncle: poems (Grove/Atlantic Inc., 2000)

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Poet Kay Ryan b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Western