Learn More

Kenneth Rexroth

(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982 / South Bend, Indiana)

On What Planet


Uniformly over the whole countryside
The warm air flows imperceptibly seaward;
The autumn haze drifts in deep bands
Over the pale water;
White egrets stand in the blue marshes;
Tamalpais, Diablo, St. Helena
Float in the air.
Climbing on the cliffs of Hunter’s Hill
We look out over fifty miles of sinuous
Interpenetration of mountains and sea.

Leading up a twisted chimney,
Just as my eyes rise to the level
Of a small cave, two white owls
Fly out, silent, close to my face.
They hover, confused in the sunlight,
And disappear into the recesses of the cliff.

All day I have been watching a new climber,
A young girl with ash blonde hair
And gentle confident eyes.
She climbs slowly, precisely,
With unwasted grace.

While I am coiling the ropes,
Watching the spectacular sunset,
She turns to me and says, quietly,
“It must be very beautiful, the sunset,
On Saturn, with the rings and all the moons.”

Submitted: Thursday, December 22, 2011

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

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 (On What Planet by Kenneth Rexroth )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. A Little While, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  8. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Textology - 4. Statements, Joseph Archer
  2. Nobody, maryline vautravers
  3. Textology - 3. Mistakes, Joseph Archer
  4. Your smile, Leong Ming Loong
  5. everything is ok, Cee Bea
  6. मेरी तनहाइयां..............., sanjay kumar maurya
  7. Curses Of Much, Naveed Akram
  8. Colors of Our Love, Saliah Jabbar
  9. witness, Cee Bea
  10. It Was Delightfully Cold, Naveed Akram
[Hata Bildir]