Temporarily interrupted

I planned to start this new year we are entering on a happy note, with a cheerful salutation! But then poetry came – and changed everything:

Keeping Things Whole

BY MARK STRAND
.
In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.
.
When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in   
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.
.
We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.
.
.
mark-strand
 .

 

Mark Strand (1934–2014), “Keeping Things Whole” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1979, 1980 by Mark Strand.

4 comments on “Temporarily interrupted

    • I am very grateful for stumbling into this poem – it was pure coincidence, actually. But I imagine it is the kind of poem that stays with you, will stay with me, for a long time.

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