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Still by A. R. Ammons

 
 
I said I will find what is lowly
and put the roots of my identity
down there:
each day I’ll wake up
and find the lowly nearby,
a handy focus and reminder,
a ready measure of my significance,
the voice by which I would be heard,
the wills, the kinds of selfishness
I could
freely adopt as my own:
but though I have looked everywhere,
I can find nothing
to give myself to:
everything is
magnificent with existence, is in
surfeit of glory:
nothing is diminished,
nothing has been diminished for me:
I said what is more lowly than the grass:
ah, underneath,
a ground-crust of dry-burnt moss:
I looked at it closely
and said this can be my habitat: but
nestling in I
found
below the brown exterior
green mechanisms beyond the intellect
awaiting resurrection in rain: so I got up
and ran saying there is nothing lowly in the universe:
I found a beggar:
he had stumps for legs: nobody was paying
him any attention: everybody went on by:
I nestled in and found his life:
there, love shook his body like a devastation:
I said
though I have looked everywhere
I can find nothing lowly
in the universe:
I whirled though transfigurations up and down,
transfigurations of size and shape and place:
at one sudden point came still,
stood in wonder:
moss, beggar, weed, tick, pine, self, magnificent
with being!
 
In August I found this butterfly journal at Barnes and Nobles:
 
 
It was sitting there on the shelf, just begging to have poetry written in it. Something about it reminded me of a book my mother used to read me when I was a child, The Lion and Blue.
 
 
I have been reading a lot more poetry lately, in hope of broadening my horizons and learning new styles and techniques.  I decided to combine the two things.
 Every time I find a poem I like, I copy it into my butterfly journal. This poem by A.R. Ammons was one of the latest additions to my book and I just had to share it with you.
 
I hope it inspires much thought…
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About goatgirlbookworm

My name is Toni Cross, and I was raised on a farm in the far north of the United States. I love to read and write and I hope to use those hobbies in a greater way in the days to come. One of my passions is using whatever influence I have to make a difference in the world.

One response to “Still by A. R. Ammons

  1. slpmartin

    Very nice poem Toni…I enjoyed how you’ve been experimenting with different forms and styles.

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