Fog Horns

By David Mason b. 1954 David Mason
The loneliest days,   
damp and indistinct,   
sea and land a haze.   
And purple fog horns   
blossomed over tides—   
bruises being born   
in silence, so slow,   
so out there, around,   
above and below.   
In such hurts of sound   
the known world became   
neither flat nor round.   
The steaming tea pot   
was all we fathomed   
of   is and   is not .   
The hours were hallways   
with doors at the ends   
opened into days   
fading into night   
and the scattering   
particles of light.   
Nothing was done then.   
Nothing was ever   
done. Then it was done.

Source: Poetry (September 2004).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Poetry magazine

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September 2004
 David  Mason


A teacher and editor, David Mason was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He earned a BA from Colorado College and an MA and PhD from the University of Rochester in New York. Mason’s collections of poetry include The Buried Houses (1991), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; The Country I Remember (1996), winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award; Arrivals (2004); and the verse novel Ludlow (2007), awarded the . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Nature, Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Activities


Poetic Terms Metaphor

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