Measure

By Robert Hass b. 1941 Robert Hass
Recurrences.
Coppery light hesitates   
again in the small-leaved

Japanese plum. Summer   
and sunset, the peace   
of the writing desk

and the habitual peace   
of writing, these things   
form an order I only

belong to in the idleness   
of attention. Last light   
rims the blue mountain

and I almost glimpse   
what I was born to,
not so much in the sunlight

or the plum tree   
as in the pulse
that forms these lines.

Robert Hass, “Measure” from Field Guide. Copyright © 1973 by Robert Hass. Reprinted with the permission of Yale University Press, http://www.yale.edu/yup/.

Source: Field Guide (1973)

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