William Stafford

(January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993 / Kansas)

William Stafford Poems

1. A Ritual To Read To Each Other 1/13/2003
2. Traveling Through The Dark 1/13/2003
3. Ask Me 1/13/2003
4. Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing 1/13/2003
5. Just Thinking 1/13/2003
6. For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid 1/13/2003
7. When I Met My Muse 1/13/2003
8. Objector 1/13/2003
9. Allegiances 1/13/2003
10. Lit Instructor 1/13/2003
11. Atavism 1/13/2003
12. Waking at 3 a.m. 1/13/2003
13. Across Kansas 1/13/2003
14. Security 1/13/2003
15. Graydigger's Home 1/13/2003
16. This Life 1/13/2003
17. The Light By The Barn 1/13/2003
18. At The Un-National Monument Along The Canadian Border 4/15/2010
19. With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach 1/20/2003
20. At The Bomb Testing Site 4/15/2010

Returned To Say

When I face north a lost Cree
on some new shore puts a moccasin down,
rock in the light and noon for seeing,
he in a hurry and I beside him

It will be a long trip; he will be a new chief;
we have drunk new water from an unnamed stream;
under little dark trees he is to find a path
we both must travel because we have met.

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