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Beverly sends this poem and column today.  It is quite wonderful to have poems arrive in my email box.  I love it!!

American Life in Poetry: Column 071


William Carlos Williams, one of our country's most influential poets  and a New Jersey physician, taught us to celebrate daily life. Here  Albert Garcia offers us the simple pleasures and modest mysteries of  a single summer day.

 August Morning

 It's ripe, the melon
 by our sink. Yellow,
 bee-bitten, soft, it perfumes
 the house too sweetly.
 At five I wake, the air
 mournful in its quiet.
 My wife's eyes swim calmly
 under their lids, her mouth and jaw
 relaxed, different.
 What is happening in the silence
 of this house? Curtains
 hang heavily from their rods.
 Ficus leaves tremble
 at my footsteps. Yet
 the colors outside are perfect--
 orange geranium, blue lobelia.
 I wander from room to room
 like a man in a museum:
 wife, children, books, flowers,
 melon. Such still air. Soon
 the mid-morning breeze will float in
 like tepid water, then hot.
 How do I start this day,
 I who am unsure
 of how my life has happened
 or how to proceed
 amid this warm and steady sweetness?

     Poem copyright (c) by Albert Garcia from his latest book "Skunk  Talk"

    (Bear Starr Press, 2005) and originally published in "Poetry  East," No. 44. Reprinted by permission of the author. This weekly  column is
    supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of  Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.

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