Academic journal article The Hudson Review

The Poem, Ousson-Sur-Loire

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

The Poem, Ousson-Sur-Loire

Article excerpt

As I got out of my car,

heard organ music coming from

the little church and looking in

saw a woman alone in a pew

and then stepping down into the garden

the river's surface ahead

silken and shining, the light

not aggressive but spreading

the good will it carries,..

I knew that the poem was there.

For as it stirs, as it rises

the poem within is the poem hidden in

the things that are seen,

and the empty boat with mast so fine

it might have been drawn with pencil on paper

was one site where the poem lay,

and the man on a bench

and his dog sniffing was another,

as was the light's glimmer

around the edges of bushes and trees

bunched together on both sides of the river,

and where the river drops abruptly

and young paddlers maneuvered their canoes skillfully,

the sparkle the water creates

as it rushes down and seething leaps up. …

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