Treasure Island

Alison Luterman

(New England)

Because Even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle


Try to love everything that gets in your way:
the Chinese women in flowered bathing caps
murmuring together in Mandarin, doing leg exercises in your lane
while you execute thirty-six furious laps,
one for every item on your to-do list.
The heavy-bellied man who goes thrashing through the water
like a horse with a harpoon stuck in its side,
whose breathless tsunamis rock you from your course.
Teachers all. Learn to be small
and swim through obstacles like a minnow
without grudges or memory. Dart
toward your goal, sperm to egg. Thinking Obstacle
is another obstacle. Try to love the teenage girl
idly lounging against the ladder, showing off her new tattoo:
Cette vie est la mienne, This life is mine,
in thick blue-black letters on her ivory instep.
Be glad shell have that to look at all her life,
and keep going, keep going. Swim by an uncle
in the lane next to yours who is teaching his nephew
how to hold his breath underwater,
even though kids arent allowed at this hour. Someday,
years from now, this boy
who is kicking and flailing in the exact place
you want to touch and turn
will be a young man, at a wedding on a boat
raising his champagne glass in a toast
when a huge wave hits, washing everyone overboard.
He'll come up coughing and spitting like he is now,
but he'll come up like a cork,
alive. So your moment
of impatience must bow in service to a larger story,
because if something is in your way it is
going your way, the way
of all beings; towards darkness, towards light.

Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

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

What do you think this poem is about?



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 (Because Even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle by Alison Luterman )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. I Don't Care If You Don't Like It, Michael McParland
  2. Fairyland, Alesia Leach
  3. Lack of money does not mean lack of wisdom, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  4. On The T.V., Hannah Bryson Price
  5. Why do need wisdom anytime?, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  6. it is almost poetry, Mandolyn ...
  7. Wisdom's great aim, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  8. Our world is without any kind of wisdom, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  9. Dream packed drama, hasmukh amathalal
  10. A fool واحد احمق, MOHAMMAD SKATI

Poem of the Day

poet Walt Whitman

ARM’D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
piano;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]