Poem for the Day


An abridgment of A.R. Ammons' "Corson's Inlet," found in his collected poems:

I went for a walk over the dunes again this morning
to the sea,
then turned right along
    the surf

                    rounded a naked headland
                    and returned
    along the inlet shore:

... there is serenity:

        no arranged terror: no forcing of image, plan,
or thought:
no propaganda, no humbling of reality to precept:
terror pervades but is not arranged, all possibilities
of escape open: no route shut, except in
   the sudden loss of all routes:

       I see narrow orders, limited tightness, but will
not run to that easy victory:
       still around the looser, wider forces work:
       I will try
     to fasten into order enlarging grasps of disorder, widening
scope, but enjoying the freedom that
Scope eludes my grasp, that there is no finality of vision,
that I have perceived nothing completely,
       that tomorrow a new walk is a new walk.