Denise Levertov – “Seeing for a Moment”

Denise Levertov

“Seeing for a Moment”

I thought I was growing wings—
it was a cocoon.

I thought, now is the time to step
into the fire—
it was deep water.

Eschatology is a word I learned
as a child: the study of Last Things;

facing my mirror—no longer young,
          the news—always of death,
          the dogs—rising from sleep and clamoring
                  and howling, howling,

I see for a moment
that’s not it: it is
the First Things.

Word after word
floats through the glass.
Towards me.


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on March 30, 2012.

2 Responses to “Denise Levertov – “Seeing for a Moment””

  1. Beautiful, talented and a really lovely poem 🙂
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!

  2. It is a great poem. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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