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Albert Frank Moritz (1947-)

One With The Sun


              1Child
              2one with the sun
              3in trackless fields
              4of yellow grass and thistle, scent
              5of humid heavy air and the wing music
              6of bees and flies.

              7Child, slender
              8nakedness to itself unknown,
              9true colour of the light
            10dispersed invisibly
            11or glowing around the black hulls
            12of distant thunderheads, around
            13the grasshopper's countenance,
            14solemn, vigilant and wise.

            15Green apples, poured full
            16of density, of crispness, float unmoved
            17under leaves on the slope. Brown
            18fallen apples nest
            19in secret whorls of grass. The apple tree:
            20alone in so much space. And below
            21in the woods by the water
            22a sweet dead branch
            23cracks lightly
            24in the shadow in the wind.

            25But here is an old track
            26through the grass head-high
            27to a child: who
            28made it? They must have
            29passed and passed by this one tree,
            30by the abandoned, tireless car
            31where rabbits peer out, and the circle
            32of black embers,
            33cans, springs, skeletons
            34of furniture. They too
            35passed here many times
            36on their way from the street's end
            37to the oaks that screen
            38the river. There
            39the sun is nesting now, night
            40rises with pale flutterings
            41of white wings from roots
            42of plants and the black water.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Albert Frank Moritz or the Brick Books permissions department.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Mahoning (London, ON: Brick Books, 1994): 58-59.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/7/22


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