“From the Sustaining Air”

from the sustaining air

fresh air

There is the clarity of a shore
And shadow,   mostly,   brilliance

                the billows of August

When, wandering, I look from my page

I say nothing

      when asked

I am, finally, an incompetent, after all

Larry Eigner, "From the Sustaining Air" from Collected Poems of Larry Eigner. Copyright © 2010 by Larry Eigner.  Reprinted by permission of The Estate of Larry Eigner.
Source: Collected Poems of Larry Eigner (Stanford University Press, 2010)
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