Often I Imagine the Earth

By Dan Gerber b. 1940 Dan Gerber
Often I imagine the earth
through the eyes of the atoms we’re made of—
atoms, peculiar
atoms everywhere—
no me, no you, no opinions,
no beginning, no middle, no end,
soaring together like those
ancient Chinese birds
hatched miraculously with only one wing,
helping each other fly home.

Source: Poetry (March 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2010

Biography

Dan Gerber is the author of Sailing through Cassiopeia (2012) and A Primer on Parallel Lives (2007). He lives in the mountains of Central California.

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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