Morri Creech [The tragic undertones that mar our best achievements] poetr y The tragic undertones that mar our best achievements, The sense, beneath the languor of afternoon, that things Come to an end, that one moment falls into the next And the footsteps of the past fade down the long hallway, Have nothing to do with the pears at rest in their dish. How still they are by the sugar bowl and tablecloth, How poised for a conclusion that never comes, canted Toward the foreground as if they could spill to the floor, Though they never do. They are a trick of perception, Of course, all curve and color, not the solid objects That we take them to be. Time, in passing, has given Them a sense of timelessness. They are lit from within. They appear as pears, these shapes, pears of pure idea. [When you think of the past, what comes to mind is the dead] When you think of the past, what comes to mind is the dead Peacock you once saw hanging from the wall in winter, The blood and claws and stiff wings and the dazzling plumage, And later on how your father plucked
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 2, 2016
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