Magazine | July 7, 2014, Issue

Poetry

MY WRECK

Somewhere Hopkins refers to his great long

Ode as my wreck, as possessive as a salvager

Tossing sand dunes for rubble the day after.

And somewhere a critic says Hopkins thought

Volpone a great play. I can’t locate either

At the moment, but they are out there

Barely visible on the horizon as you

Fall asleep into the terrible weather

Of a dream, a collision in an hour-glass

And awake from a threadbare epic.

How much clearer at dawn is the memory

Of a motionless figure covered by snow

A statue at night oblivious to the storm,

The old bronze general riding south,

Whose four-o’clock-in-the-morning courage

Astonished those around him, as alone

Now as the statue of St. Joan a mile away

Rising out of the wreckage of the past.

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MY WRECK Somewhere Hopkins refers to his great long Ode as my wreck, as possessive as a salvager Tossing sand dunes for rubble the day after. And somewhere a critic says Hopkins thought Volpone a ...

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