Some Shadows, and: What They Do To You In Distant Places, and: Where Is Odysseus From And What Was He Before He Left For The Trojan War?, and: At The Airport, and: Florence

Some Shadows, and: What They Do To You In Distant Places, and: Where Is Odysseus From And What... POETRY SOME SHADOWS / On the snow at night, I saw once the shadow of a huge sound, which I had heard begin as I passed under an old cherry tree, then immaculate for winter. There was the preparation, which I can only say I heard, though sound came next. There was the sound, all at once-- a living thing, lifting. I felt a giant presence and looked down. When I looked up, the shadow I had seen leaving took all the sky. Too big for me, I thought, but when I thought again I could see again the owl I had seen on the lawn of the church the morning the Methodists met to make the softball team. Over its head, it wore a number 3 paper bag. Someone thought it could see better in the dark. It spoke a little, took a step before someone else put it under an arm and took it toward dusk. I walked on the lawn this way and that, with the good Boy Scouts, thinking, that dumb owl. Come out in the open like that. I can see him today, stuck to his shadow. slowed by sunlight, Inside the paper http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Some Shadows, and: What They Do To You In Distant Places, and: Where Is Odysseus From And What Was He Before He Left For The Trojan War?, and: At The Airport, and: Florence

The Missouri Review, Volume 5 (2) – Oct 5, 1981

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POETRY SOME SHADOWS / On the snow at night, I saw once the shadow of a huge sound, which I had heard begin as I passed under an old cherry tree, then immaculate for winter. There was the preparation, which I can only say I heard, though sound came next. There was the sound, all at once-- a living thing, lifting. I felt a giant presence and looked down. When I looked up, the shadow I had seen leaving took all the sky. Too big for me, I thought, but when I thought again I could see again the owl I had seen on the lawn of the church the morning the Methodists met to make the softball team. Over its head, it wore a number 3 paper bag. Someone thought it could see better in the dark. It spoke a little, took a step before someone else put it under an arm and took it toward dusk. I walked on the lawn this way and that, with the good Boy Scouts, thinking, that dumb owl. Come out in the open like that. I can see him today, stuck to his shadow. slowed by sunlight, Inside the paper

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1981

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