Nothing is exempt from resurrection

Waste
Kay Ryan

Not even waste
is inviolate.
The day misspent,
the love misplaced,
has inside it
the seed of redemption.
Nothing is exempt
from resurrection.
It is tiresome
how the grass
re-ripens, greening
all along the punched
and mucked horizon
once the bison
have moved on,
leaning into hunger
and hard luck.

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2 responses to “Nothing is exempt from resurrection

  1. Dude! I read yesterday that she was named poet laureate. I feel so artly informed.

    • Not exactly blind coincidence.
      I like the re-ripens/horizon/bison internal rhyme because you do have to lean into the long “i” before the release of the next syllable, like a sprout pushing its way from heavy soil into sudden sun.
      And this about the day misspent, the love misplaced, is why I think my life is a straight line.

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