Poem Beginning with a Line by Frank Lima

By Lisa Jarnot b. 1967 Lisa Jarnot
And how terrific it is to write a radio poem
and how terrific it is to stand on the roof and
watch the stars go by and how terrific it is to be
misled inside a hallway, and how terrific it is
to be the hallway as it stands inside the house,
and how terrific it is, shaped like a telephone,
to be filled with scotch and stand out on the street,
and how terrific it is to see the stars inside the radios
and cows, and how terrific the cows are, crossing
at night, in their unjaundiced way and moving
through the moonlight, and how terrific the night is,
purveyor of the bells and distant planets, and how
terrific it is to write this poem as I sleep, to sleep
in distant planets in my mind and cross at night the
cows in hallways riding stars to radios at night, and
how terrific night you are, across the bridges, into
tunnels, into bars, and how terrific it is that you are
this too, the fields of planetary pull, terrific, living
on the Hudson, inside the months of spring, an
underwater crossing for the cows in dreams, terrific,
like the radios, the songs, the poem and the stars.

Lisa Jarnot, "A Poem Beginning with a Line by Frank Lima" from Ring of Fire, published in 2003 by Salt Publishing.

Source: Ring of Fire (Zoland Books, 2001)

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Poet Lisa Jarnot b. 1967

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Cities & Urban Life, Social Commentaries