Academic journal article The Hudson Review

At Times an Unknown Star

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

At Times an Unknown Star

Article excerpt

At times an unknown star falls down

the edge of the ravine, pretending innocence,

and something reminds me that pain began

when my father led me into those lands

where laws have never been broken.

I am somewhere else today, the television

is on; and history, that undiscovered country

I'd once thought it to be, only pushed me

into childhood where we learnt

to spread our arms wide for love and honor.

Almost everyone talks the same way about love:

they say there is this time that humbles one

as if one were that empty corner of the street

meant for the day's litter, when the heart

can't believe it is hiding, startling it

into a thousand starlings, flying through

the light, rousing others to flight.

I'd begin to believe my country was different,

that poetry and science and religion

walk still the same road; they could deceive;

that the clutch in the throat is made

of moonlight and rushes in the shallows of the river. …

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