Jorie Graham

(1950 / New York City, New York)

The Way Things Work - Poem by Jorie Graham

is by admitting
or opening away.
This is the simplest form
of current: Blue
moving through blue;
blue through purple;
the objects of desire
opening upon themselves
without us; the objects of faith.
The way things work
is by solution,
resistance lessened or
increased and taken
advantage of.
The way things work
is that we finally believe
they are there,
common and able
o illustrate themselves.
Wheel, kinetic flow,
rising and falling water,
ingots, levers and keys,
I believe in you,
cylinder lock, pully,
lifting tackle and
crane lift your small head--
I believe in you--
your head is the horizon to
my hand. I believe
forever in the hooks.
The way things work
is that eventually
something catches.


Comments about The Way Things Work by Jorie Graham

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2016 9:52:00 AM)

    I believe in you-
    your head is the horizon to
    my hand. I believe
    forever in the hooks.
    The way things work
    is that eventually
    something catches.
    Beautiful work. Nice poem. Thanks for sharing.10 for it. (Report) Reply

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  • Marieta Maglas (8/8/2016 3:29:00 PM)

    Wheel, kinetic flow,
    rising and falling water, - wonderful 'flow' of this poem- indeed water is the essence of life. (Report) Reply

  • Leloudia Migdali (8/6/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    A very nice poem full of truth given in an easy, quiet flow like water. I suppose the title is the first line of the poem? (Report) Reply

  • Sita Madu-Wynn (8/3/2016 6:27:00 AM)

    lovely poem, good flow of words. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (7/30/2016 4:23:00 PM)

    The way things work! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar Geetha Jayakumar (7/26/2016 7:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful flow of words caught my attention. The way things work is that eventually something catches. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Akshaya Kumar Das Akshaya Kumar Das (7/6/2016 11:14:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful poem😂 (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul Kumarmani Mahakul (7/6/2016 10:09:00 AM)

    The way things work is that eventually something catches. Really very wonderful poem is shared in this forum. Wisely drafted.10 (Report) Reply

  • Idris Elasha (7/1/2016 11:30:00 AM)

    It caught my eye.It caught fire. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan Khairul Ahsan (6/24/2016 11:29:00 PM)

    Loved the concluding lines:
    'The way things work
    is that eventually
    something catches.' (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/8/2016 5:40:00 AM)

    The way things work
    is by solution,
    resistance lessened or
    increased and taken
    advantage of.
    The way things work
    is that we finally believe
    they are there,

    Beautiful lines of the poem.
    Enjoyed reading. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/1/2016 11:05:00 PM)

    Fantastic flight of imagery has made this poem very interesting. Thanks for sharing and congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/1/2016 1:49:00 PM)

    Excellent poem, Thanks for sharing.10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (6/1/2016 4:00:00 AM)

    The way things work! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (6/1/2016 12:24:00 AM)

    I think there must be a line or two missing at he beginning of this poem.
    is by admitting
    or opening away.
    Does not make sense to me, but the rest of the poem is certainly coherent, and certainly deserves more than the 4.2 rating given by the 16 voters so far. (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan Khairul Ahsan (6/24/2016 11:23:00 PM)

    I subscribe to your thought, Kim. I too thought so, while reading the poem.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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