Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Muse Celebrates July 4

In celebration of the 235th birthday of the United States, I've chosen this poem by John Yau (b. 1950) from his collection Radiant Silhouette: New & Selected Work 1974-1988 (Black Sparrow Press, 1994).

"E Pluribus Unum"

It is no longer necessary for sunlight
to reach here; this kitchen with its
linoleum floor; its scuffed roses

The light has been here all along
waiting for you to reach toward it
like a fish tinged by the ocean.

~ John Yau, 1974-1979

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

You might also enjoy my July 4, 2010, post "Alberto Rios: A poem for July 4".


Louise Gallagher said...

What a beautiful post for this day!

Happy 4th my friend!

Laura said...

I love this thought--light waiting for reaching fingers. Thank you, Maureen.

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed your choice :-)