The Sunday Poem: Gail Miller... Nightfall

How much can a poet pack into 7 lines?  Well, how many moments make a day?  How many eyeblinks in a life?  You will love to read this piece more than once...smiling all the while.

 

Nob Hill resident Gail Miller writes mostly fiction. This summer she is reading Tristram Shandy, pep-talking a tomato plant and tagging along with her one-year-old daughter.  

 

 

Nightfall

What did you expect from life,
Blessedness and sunlight forever?
Why should that be so when half of the world is always in darkness?
Sunlight withers you. It leaves nothing to the imagination. All is hard and honed and exposed.
To want that is to want a candleless world, a desert that does not cool, a book that does not close.
To want that is to want lines and objects and distance.
Instead of ocean and union, and indistinguishable Us.

 

 

--Gail Miller

 

 

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email theditchrider@gmail.com.

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Comment by Margaret Randall on July 31, 2011 at 10:11am
What a great poem, from a poet I haven't read before now. Tight and evocative. Marvelous images. Everything a poem should be. Thanks, too, John, for so often bringing us these great surprises.
Comment by Ben Moffett on July 31, 2011 at 2:52pm
It's one of those "I wish I'd written that!" poems. Thanks, Gail. And thanks, DitchWriter, and thanks Margaret, for your analysis every week and my opportunity to learn from them.
Comment by Dee Cohen on July 31, 2011 at 3:38pm
A great little poem that packs a big wallop. Clever and wry. Thanks for sharing this Gail. And thanks as always to Ditchrider too. Dee
Comment by Rosemarie Cowan on July 31, 2011 at 5:45pm
thanks Gail and everyone else, poignant and inspiring poem.  Short poems are my favorites. The power of  brevity.  measured words paint masterpieces.
Comment by Katie on August 1, 2011 at 1:12pm
Gail- how exciting to stumble upon your words this morning. They are beautiful and rich and true. Thanks for sharing this!
Comment by Richard V on August 2, 2011 at 5:50pm
a gem of a poem. less is more. hope to read your work again.
Comment by Yasmeen Najmi on April 5, 2012 at 3:12pm

Lovely!

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