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Poem of the Week: “Slowly,” by Denise Levertov

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Slowly

~Denise Levertov

 

Spirit has been alone

of late. Built a house

of fallen leaves

among exposed tree-roots.

Plans dreamily

to fetch water

 

from a stone well.

Sleeps

hungrily.

Waking,

is mute,

listening. Spirit

doesn’t know

what the sound will be,

song or cry.

Perhaps

 

one word. Holds

at heart a

red thread, winding

 

back to the world,

 

to one who holds the far end,

far off.

Spirit

throws off the quilts

when darkness

is very hearvy,

 

shuffles among

the leaves

upstairs and down

 

waiting.

Wants

the thread to vibrate

 

again. Again! Crimson!

 

Meanwhile refuses

visitors, asks

those who come

no questions,

answers none. Digs in

for winter,

slowly.

 

 

from Life in the Forest, New Directions, 1978.

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The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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