Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow, by Robert Duncan

Currently up to my armpits in mud (ah field work in freezing spring rains), and desperately trying to be clean enough to interact with normal humans, so here’s a poem for now.

Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,

that is not mine, but is a made place,

that is mine, it is so near to the heart,

an eternal pasture folded in all thought

so that there is a hall therein

that is a made place, created by light

wherefrom the shadows that are forms fall.

Wherefrom fall all architectures I am

I say are likenesses of the First Beloved

whose flowers are flames lit to the Lady.

She it is Queen Under The Hill

whose hosts are a disturbance of words within words

that is a field folded.

It is only a dream of the grass blowing east against the source of the sun

in an hour before the sun’s going down

whose secret we see in a children’s game

of ring a round of roses told.

Often I am permitted to return to a meadow

as if it were a given property of the mind

that certain bounds hold against chaos,

that is a place of first permission,

everlasting omen of what is.

– Robert Duncan

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One thought on “Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow, by Robert Duncan

  1. Pingback: Bounds against chaos « ann e michael

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