Poetry June 2012

Aspen Song

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The sound of water in the air
cools even summer sunlight,
as though the upland pasture
remembers oceans at this height
when even dirt and rocks were young
(warm-blooded life had just begun).
The breeze plays leaves in sweetest treble
and never tires of its long fable,
in counterpoint to human foible.

Robert Morgan’s most recent collection is Terroir (2011). He teaches at Cornell University.
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