Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Morning Reading: "our country moving closer to its own truth and dread"

What Kind of Times Are These
by Adrienne Rich

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.


1 comment:

Lou said...

I saw this woman in the mid-70s, heard her read. She doesn't change. Her insight to the trees as the bridge is brilliant, isn't it?

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