Poetry Friday: Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing

On Wednesday, I interviewed Kim Stafford. That link is HERE.

Here’s another great poem by this fabulous poet.

Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing
by William Stafford

The light along the hills in the morning
comes down slowly, naming the trees
white, then coasting the ground for stones to nominate.

Notice what this poem is not doing.

A house, a house, a barn, the old
quarry, where the river shrugs–
how much of this place is yours?

Notice what this poem is not doing.

Every person gone has taken a stone
to hold, and catch the sun. The carving
says, “Not here, but called away.”

Notice what this poem is not doing.

The sun, the earth, the sky, all wait.
The crowns and redbirds talk. The light
along the hills has come, has found you.

Notice what this poem has not done.

I am attending a William Stafford celebration this weekend. Will report back next week.
Poetry Friday is at River No Water. Thank, Renee.

Happy reading.
MsMac

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3 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing

  1. I remember somewhere along the line growing up that William Stafford’s name was one of the earliest ones I recognized as an American poet whose poetry I liked. What’s your take on what this poem is not doing? (And thanks for sharing!)

  2. I think I’m with Robin, left wondering about that repeating line. Maybe it is there to make us think about what the poem IS doing?

    (My heart leapt and my brain went, “Huh?” when I saw that you had interviewed William Stafford on Wednesday…)

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