Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A flavor like wild honey begins
when you cross the river. On a sandbar
sunlight stretches out its limbs, or is it

a sycamore, so brazen, so clean and so bold?
You forget about gold. You stare—and a flavor

is rising all the time from the trees.
Back from the river, over by a thick

forest, you feel the tide of wild honey
flooding your plans, flooding the hours
till they waver forward looking back. They can’t

return; that river divides more than

two sides of your life. The only way
is farther, breathing that country, becoming
wise in its flavor, a native of the sun.

William Stafford,
Looking for Gold
The Way it Is: New and Selected Poems

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