Ada Limón

(1976 / Sonoma, California)

We Are Surprised - Poem by Ada Limón

Now, we take the moon
into the middle of our brains
so we look like roadside stray cats
with bright flashlight-white eyes
in our faces, but no real ideas
of when or where to run.
We linger on the field's green edge
and say, Someday son, none of this
will be yours. Miracles are all around.
We're not so much homeless
as we are home free, penny-poor,
but plenty lucky for love and leaves
that keep breaking the fall. Here it is:
the new way of living with the world
inside of us so we cannot lose it,
and we cannot be lost. You and me,
are us and them, and it and sky.
It's hard to believe we didn't
know that before; it's hard to believe
we were so hollowed out, so drained,
only so we could shine a little harder
when the light finally came.


Comments about We Are Surprised by Ada Limón

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/8/2016 2:52:00 PM)

    Stunningly poetically beautiful examination of our mistreated world. This poem is executed perfectly. Most definitely a 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++. (Report) Reply

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  • Seema Devi Sharma Seema Devi Sharma (6/8/2016 7:33:00 AM)

    It's hard to believe we didn't
    know that before; it's hard to believe
    we were so hollowed out, so drained,
    only so we could shine a little harder
    when the light finally came.

    Nice poem with deep thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (6/8/2016 7:20:00 AM)

    Indeed, best way to live is to find the strength from within. Congrats on being poet of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/8/2016 5:28:00 AM)

    We're not so much homeless
    as we are home free, penny-poor,
    but plenty lucky for love and leaves
    that keep breaking the fall. Here it is:
    the new way of living with the world
    inside of us so we cannot lose it,
    and we cannot be lost. You and me,
    are us and them, and it and sky.

    Your words and the poetic sense is classy...loved the poem.10 for it.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Subhas (Report) Reply

  • Khaled Ehtesham Khaled Ehtesham (6/8/2016 3:14:00 AM)

    you sense about life and surrounding are awesome............. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (6/8/2016 2:19:00 AM)

    We were so hollowed out! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 4, 2016



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