Opening the Book
Dear savants, I know
you are maestros of the mind
but are you sure?
is hard work and tires me out.
Do you feel it too, sometimes?
All this galloping about, your
rackety assurances the old coat
and stiff boots, the honourable
Sir of Reason is not to be, as you
say, trifled with.
I mean have you
considered that everywhere
a local event, gravity is nowhere
to be seen?
And those stories as old
as the story before the story – how
they keep returning to make the
the book, we are happy to know
that everywhere apples are falling
to the earth with all their natural
desire to arrive.
And there is
no measure called for, after all
‘Earth’s the right place for love’.
When I say I want, it is I think
the world wants in me; here is a place
where words can dream again and become
what first they imagined themselves
below – what lies behind
the eye, ‘from this the poem springs’.
From Cassandra’s Daughter (Auckland UP, 2005)
© Michael Harlow