Love the look of autumn and the sound of rain … ” You turn your head – that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.
The whole wide world pours down.” – William Stafford, “Assurance” in The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems.
You will never be alone, you hear so deep
a sound when autumn comes. Yellow
pulls across the hills and thrums,
or the silence after lightening before it says
its names—and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed
apologies. You were aimed from birth:
you will never be alone. Rain
will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,
long aisles—you never heard so deep a sound,
moss on rock, and years. You turn your head—
that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.
The whole wide world pours down.
- Poem: Thank you The Hammock Papers
- Photo: DK. Daybreak / Rain. September 10, 2020. 6:00 am. 68° F. At Cove Island, Stamford, CT