Howard Nemerov

(29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991 / New York City, New York)

Gyroscope


This admirable gadget, when it is
Wound on a string and spun with steady force,
Maintains its balance on most any smooth
Surface, pleasantly humming as it goes.
It is whirled not on a constant course, but still
Stands in unshivering integrity
For quite some time, meaning nothing perhaps
But being something agreeable to watch,
A silver nearly silence gleaning a still-
ness out of speed, composing unity
From spin, so that its hollow spaces seem
Solids of light, until it wobbles and
Begins to whine, and then with an odd lunge
Eccentric and reckless, it skids away
And drops dead into its own skeleton.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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

Read poems about / on: silver, silence, light, time, wind

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 (Gyroscope by Howard Nemerov )

Enter the verification code :

  • Esmenio Galera (3/11/2012 7:48:00 AM)

    The voice describes a gadget in a simple way. But it urges me to write something about an instrument that we call it nose flute. (Report) Reply

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. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Trivial Pursuits, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. "These doodles help me...", Jeff Gangwer
  3. "In a manner of speaking...", Jeff Gangwer
  4. "Can I just...? ", Jeff Gangwer
  5. SLEEPING NIGHT, Egbe Chris
  6. Doorways / Points of Access, Jeff Gangwer
  7. "...on the hook", Jeff Gangwer
  8. Pioneers and Parade Floats, Jeff Gangwer
  9. The Muse, Midnights Voice
  10. Double Standards, Terry Dawson

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,
My love like the spectator ydly sits
Beholding me that all the pageants play,
Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]