Awe of Everything

By Dara Wier Dara Wier
Do you know what’s the unluckiest thing
In the world, a differential grasshopper
Said to me. I paused, I put down the
Diesel grinder I’d been trying to fix,
I turned off the stealth bomber, I faded
Away from the faded away pedals, I put up
Finely embroidered silk panels over the
Faces of the statues, I pulled the green
Vacillating amplifier into the hallway,
I swiveled seven of the chains and
Loosened the bolts in the balcony, I went
Into the barn to unlace the cattle and
Overturn the empty buckets, I put the
White flag on the mailbox, I cut the
Telephone wires, I fed the ducks better
Than I usually feed them, I adjusted the
Faucets so they’d drip a little, I waved
At old Mr. Wiley with his smokeless pipe
And his manpowered plough across the field,
I moved a claypot off of a narrow ledge,
I taped the key to the bulldozer to the
Roof of the canopy, I took the cup of
Auger bits away from the rabbit hutch,   
I put a padlock on the children’s playhouse,
I picked up a stick by the sideyard gate,
I broke it over my knee, I went to the well
To fill a stone pitcher with cool water,   
I let the donkey & the goats go. I took
A ladder to the hayloft and took down a   
Suitcase. I could see across the valley
Down to the river from up there.

Dara Wier, “Awe of Everything” from Hat on a Pond, © 2001 by Dara Wier. Published by Verse Press (now Wave Books). www.wavepoetry.com

Source: Hat on a Pond (Verse Press, 2001)

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Dara Wier is the author of nine collections of poetry. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Harvard Review describes Wier's poems this way, "many of Weir's.stanzas draw a reader away from a recognizable world into one in which women waltz with bears, houseflies chat with colonels, and the absence of sound makes a material presence." Her most recent book is Reverse Rapture (2005), published by Verse Press.

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