A Hymn for Berryman

By Charles Ghigna Charles Ghigna
You marched into the gray eyes of dawn
feeling older than the bones
that held their ground
like grazing, aged cattle
waiting, eyes closed to the wind,
on a winter, slaughter morning.
You searched through the fog for a sign,
but there was no sun to burn the way,
no burst of rainbow bridge
to keep you from the cattle call.

Charles Ghigna, “A Hymn for Berryman” from Speaking in Tongues. Copyright © 1994 by Charles Ghigna. Reprinted by permission of Charles Ghigna.

Source: Speaking in Tongues (Livingston University Press, 1994)

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Poet Charles Ghigna

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Living, Death, Growing Old, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

Poetic Terms Elegy, Free Verse

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Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 100 books for children and adults from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, CharlesBridge, Capstone, and other publishers.  His books have been featured on ABC’s "Good Morning America," PBS, and NPR.  His poems appear in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, and magazines from the New Yorker and Harper's to Cricket and . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Growing Old, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Elegy, Free Verse

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