Roger Mitchell




Walking up the Hill


Sometimes, as walking up a hill, I say
what I'm doing, as though word and act
might come together in rare harmony.
I'm walking up the hill, I say,
and above the trees Orion lies
on his side, his belt studded with light.
From there, I see you moving about the house,
the little life, so perilous, we make
out of living at the edge of it.
Every day we wake to farther
escarpments of its reaches.
I am walking up the hill. I can see
what I think I'll call forever, a hill,
and up on top, a clear night sky.


Blind Seed

I can't remember what they were
anymore, but I may not have wanted
all those things I said I did.
They seemed plausible at the time,
their various times, and when I could,
I just stepped forward and took one.
Or stood there and let whatever
it was take me. I know the past
is gone. A strange exhilaration
takes its place, like flying over
a country where you lived once.
You see it all, and yet see nothing.
Summer coming to an end,
leaves about to change, a blind
white-haired seed floats past the window.


Six Miles Up

sliding over somewhere, Utah,
maybe Nevada,

                          high enough

to see what mountains are, 
                  
                                            and do,

how thin a dress they wear,

how sharp and sloped and draped

the body,
               
                I see a vein of road

leading up a ridge, 
                             
                               start

a ragged switchback through trees,

and wonder what it was

he wanted
                
                 and if he got

far enough away to find it.



Roger Mitchell is the author of eleven books of poetry and a work of non-fiction. He and his wife, Dorian Gossy, live in Jay, NY, with Harley, the dog, who holds them accountable.









                                    

 

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