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The World to Come

From: New England Review
Volume 32, Number 3, 2011
p. 64 | 10.1353/ner.2011.0062

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Let’s say we make our own happiness, roll over
in the fields, stain our arms and legs with blue

grass; let’s say there’s simply one year left
to draw lists of clouds, slip guilt-free through bars

of chocolate, hold each other in this black hole
of restlessness. This life.

Tonight we will battle the linoleum squares,
laundry stairs, glass deck where one day

the body is sure to grab its last hungry breath.
What if all that’s left for us is gravity,

canned soup, a shimmer of thinning hair?
Let’s say we make our own happiness even so—

the tail swoop of katsura trees, triple shots
of strong coffee, a folded map—

Then may I remember to thank the academy
of daily minutiae: suitcases, car keys, a friend’s

first novel of karaoke. Who says we can’t
have it all: the house of sky and soft catcalls—

Who says we can’t find another way
to fail, to come up short, to catch and release.

Susan Rich  

Susan Rich is a Seattle poet and author of three collections of poetry from White Pine Press: The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010), which was a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award; Cures Include Travel (2006); and The Cartographer’s Tongue/Poems of the World (2000), which won the PEN Award for Poetry. She has received awards from the Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers, and the Fulbright Foundation. Recent poems appear in Antioch Review, Poetry International, and Southern Review.

Copyright © 2011 Middlebury College Publications
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