one time

one time
in the Aegean
on vacation
i floated
above sea grass
that waved in
in the slow easy rhythm
of the surge—
swimmers that needed
no practice,
perpetual play
for nobody
but my body
suspended and nowhere
near anything—a dream
of a life and the light
the sun
refracted in
the sainted sea
across the lizard-skin

On the beach there were beach-
goers, a place
to get beer, and my wife.
but here Nothing
serious nor
clamorous nor mundane
but simply the world

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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2 Responses to one time

  1. Wow, amazing poem. Great use of language.

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