Dana Gioia

(24 December 1950 / Hawthorne, California)

Do Not Expect


Do not expect that if your book falls open
to a certain page, that any phrase
you read will make a difference today,
or that the voices you might overhear
when the wind moves through the yellow-green
and golden tent of autumn, speak to you.

Things ripen or go dry. Light plays on the
dark surface of the lake. Each afternoon
your shadow walks beside you on the wall,
and the days stay long and heavy underneath
the distant rumor of the harvest. One
more summer gone,
and one way or another you survive,
dull or regretful, never learning that
nothing is hidden in the obvious
changes of the world, that even the dim
reflection of the sun on tall, dry grass
is more than you will ever understand.

And only briefly then
you touch, you see, you press against
the surface of impenetrable things.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, December 01, 2011

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

Read poems about / on: autumn, today, summer, green, wind, dark, sun, light, world, change

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 (Do Not Expect by Dana Gioia )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. She in Desert, Akhtar Jawad
  2. A bucket of paint, Piyush Dey
  3. Value be given, gajanan mishra
  4. Egypt, Tony Adah
  5. A Tribute To Gray's Elegy, Naveed Khalid
  6. Nothing i can offer, binod bastola
  7. Canonical, Naveed Khalid
  8. Africanesse not Darkness, Famoroti Odunayo Israel
  9. A Broken Mirror, Naveed Khalid
  10. Wings of Shakti, Poet Dragon

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]