The Pieces That Fall To Earth

By Kay Ryan b. 1945 Kay Ryan
One could   
almost wish   
they wouldn't;   
they are so   
far apart,   
so random.   
One cannot   
wait, cannot   
abandon waiting.   
The three or   
four occasions   
of their landing   
never fade.   
Should there   
be more, there   
will never be   
enough to make   
a pattern   
that can equal   
the commanding   
way they matter.

Kay Ryan, "The Pieces That Fall to Earth" from Say Uncle.  Copyright © 2000 by Kay Ryan.  Reprinted with the permission of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.  All rights reserved. Caution: Users are warned that this work is protected under copyright laws and downloading is strictly prohibited. The right to reproduce or transfer the work via any medium must be secured with Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Source: Poetry (December 1999).


This poem originally appeared in the December 1999 issue of Poetry magazine

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December 1999
 Kay  Ryan


Born in California in 1945 and acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000). Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan's tightly compressed, rhythmically dense poetry is often compared to that of Emily . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens


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