19 July 2011

Excerpted from “Relearning the Alphabet” by Denise Levertov


Relearn the alphabet,
relearn the world, the world
understood anew only in doing, under-
stood only as
looked-up-into out of earth,
the heart an eye looking,
the heart a root
planted in earth.
Transmutation is not
under the will’s rule.


Wisdom’s a stone
dwells in forgotten pockets—
lost, refound, exiled—
revealed again
in the palm of
mind’s hand, moonstone
of wax and wane, stone pulse.

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