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

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

4 Comments Add yours

  1. beautiful nonetheless… happy new year!

    1. Sigrun says:

      agree, and maybe a sober start is not too bad after all …
      – happy new year!

  2. Michelle says:

    This is one of my very favorite poems, I love that you’ve put it up for the new year.

    1. Sigrun says:

      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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