Silver streamers dazzling winter

By Joshua Beckman b. 1971 Joshua Beckman
I let my body down slow which is
what they say to do, like a whale
with its breathing and floating
in the ocean.

Yesterday
was the half moon
and today was basically
the half moon too.

A glacier’s blue
and water
in the middle of a lake
is blue.

I only had one day
during which I could get myself
out into the middle of it
and I did,
                            kudos to me.

And to the resilient goose
  who never feels cold
And to the talky crow
  who has so many friends
And to the inspiring stealthy ducks
  who fly together in clips above water.

It’s a silly betrayal
of my own thoughts
to invent or remember,
so maybe I’ll just close
with these tender lines
of Henry David Thoreau:

“An oak tree
   in Hubbard’s Passage
stands absolutely
  motionless
and dark
against the sky.”

Joshua Beckman, “Silver streamers dazzling winter” from The Inside of an Apple. Copyright © 2013 by Joshua Beckman. Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013)

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Poet Joshua Beckman b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, The Body, The Mind, Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Animals, Trees & Flowers, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

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Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and attended Hampshire College. An editor at Wave Books, he is the author of Things Are Happening (1998), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Award, Something I Expected to Be Different (2001), Your Time Has Come (2001), Shake (2006), and Take It (2009). He has also collaborated with Matthew Rohrer on the book Nice Hat. Thanks (2002) and the CD Adventures While Preaching the . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind, Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Animals, Trees & Flowers, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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