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Steve Kowit - Some Clouds

Now that I've unplugged the phone,
no one can reach me--
At least for this one afternoon
they will have to get by without my advice
or opinion.
Now nobody else is going to call
& ask in a tentative voice
if I haven't yet heard that she's dead,
that woman I once loved--
nothing but ashes scattered over a city
that barely itself any longer exists.
Yes, thank you, I've heard.
It had been too lovely a morning.
That in itself should have warned me.
The sun lit up the tangerines
& the blazing poinsettias
like so many candles.
For one afternoon they will have to forgive me.
I am busy watching things happen again
that happened a long time ago.
as I lean back in Josephine's lawnchair
under a sky of incredible blue,
broken--if that is the word for it-- 
by a few billowing clouds,
all white & unspeakably lovely,
drifting out of one nothingness into another.

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Poet: Steve Kowit
Poem: Some Clouds
Volume: Mysteries of the Body
Year: Published/Written in 1994

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Comment 5 of 7, added on January 8th, 2014 at 3:11 PM.

My first thought was that this poem was written about 9/11, but after further searching I discovered that it was published in 1991, 10 years before the 9/11 attacks occurred. I love this poem nevertheless.

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