Learn More

James Arlington Wright

(13 December 1927 – 25 March 1980 / Ohio)

As I Step Over A Puddle At The End Of Winter, I Think Of An Ancient Chinese Governor


And how can I, born in evil days
And fresh from failure, ask a kindness of Fate?

-- Written A.D. 819


Po Chu-i, balding old politician,
What's the use?
I think of you,
Uneasily entering the gorges of the Yang-Tze,
When you were being towed up the rapids
Toward some political job or other
In the city of Chungshou.
You made it, I guess,
By dark.

But it is 1960, it is almost spring again,
And the tall rocks of Minneapolis
Build me my own black twilight
Of bamboo ropes and waters.
Where is Yuan Chen, the friend you loved?
Where is the sea, that once solved the whole loneliness
Of the Midwest?Where is Minneapolis? I can see nothing
But the great terrible oak tree darkening with winter.
Did you find the city of isolated men beyond mountains?
Or have you been holding the end of a frayed rope
For a thousand years?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: city, evil, winter, fate, spring, tree, friend, sea, dark, water

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (As I Step Over A Puddle At The End Of Winter, I Think Of An Ancient Chinese Governor by James Arlington Wright )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Fog, Cyrity W.L
  2. An ugly sniper, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  3. AAA, Vera Sidhwa
  4. my love to you is simple, James Berth
  5. Ebola, Stephen Wylie
  6. To the occupied lands' people, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  7. colorblind, James Berth
  8. Why Didn't They Meet?, Lora Colon
  9. Longing for Love, Brenda Harris
  10. closed shop, lee fones

Poem of the Day

poet Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. A child said, What is the grass?, Walt Whitman
  10. "Hope" is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]