A Poem For Saturday


"A Field in Scurry County" by Christian Wiman:

Late evening, cool, September, and the ground
giving its clays and contours to the sky.
The colors swirl and merge and fall back down
and for a moment, as the reds intensify,

I am a ghost of all I don’t remember,
a grown man standing where a child once stood.
It is late evening. It is cool. September.
Pain like a breeze goes through me as if it could.

(Reprinted from Hard Night © 2005 Christian Wiman. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Copper Canyon Press. Image by Flickr user St0rmz)