A Worldly Country: New Poems

By John Ashbery

Thrill of a Romance

It's assorted if you have hiccups.
every little thing is—so many completely satisfied fingers competing
to your awareness, a headband, a gasp of soot,
or simply a blast of silence from a radio.
what's it? That's that you can study
for your dismay while, on the finish of an extended queue
within the cafeteria, tray in hand, they let you know the gate closed down
after the second one global warfare. Syracuse was once declared capital
of a state in malaise, however the directorate
had different, hidden ambitions. To proclaim common sense
a casualty of fact was once one.

Everyone's solitude (and ensuing promiscuity)
perfumed the byways of villages we had proposal civilized.
I observed you watching for a streetcar and pressed ahead.
unfortunately, you have been just a baby in armor. Now while ribald toasts
sail around a desk too reasonable laid out, why the implications
are just dirt, affliction and outdated age. friendly stories
are only that. So I channel no matter what
into my contingency, a vein of mercury
that retains breaking out, greater up, extra on time
each time. Dirndls noticed with out of date vegetation,
worn within the urban back, advertise open discussion.

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You could confess your sins on your mom yet no longer your aunts and uncles—one may worry the cauterized outcome, and during this grotesque, cliff-dwelling universe threat bumping opposed to the query back in a minor key with too many sharps in it. Please, could someone try and phone the supply station and dump the tears on the right handle? It’s West 5th, now not Southwest. A snowman can aspect you towards the stairs. Wheedle on for only a little bit. yet I’ve been requested foolish questions earlier than. now's now not the instant to show on a dime, or maybe ask what saint to wish to, provided that they're all alike, that's, holy. within the newest bewildering formula. 21 Ukase And as you have been indulging within the word list, or, extra accurately, being indulged, the word-rabbits got here hippity-hopping alongside. quickly it used to be nightfall. The weary river handed to invite you a similar track all over again; the birds (who knew all of it via now) have been silent; and it was once time to mildew the analytical to the time-sensitive. that's, to assert that it had occurred and we have been no worse for it. certainly, the sky and close by barns appeared approximately to chime as we have been getting our stuff jointly, able to go away, as continually, notwithstanding no longer fairly determined what tributes to simply accept, if evening may still deliver any. What a chump! Excuse me . . . it really is to the wind and the wildflowers I handle those afterthoughts, in the event that they will be dignified as such. and that i digress, too, within the gloaming the place all should be finessed as we're incurably, undeniably getting older, in simple terms I can’t inform what that appears like— It’s so actual! no longer while, but when. yet we’ll understand it earlier than it happens—we’ll realize us from the best way we glance at one another, now not from any pressing circulation ahead or something like that. 22 Casuistry The fake sunrise have been implicated, its circularity noticeable as a rebuke to sincere fogeys, a 3rd greatest urban of the mind. Others have been speedy to affix the fray. It wasn’t our fault that such a lot of seemed specious within the waning gentle of February: Who, certainly, could they attract? there have been no precedents for its obvious soundness, now not yesterday’s dribs and drabs, the remnants of somebody else’s banquet, I’d bet. And what if loads of them get back and choose to quiet down with their mom and dad, enraptured with domestic cooking immediately? Will they make the reduce? And what’s available in the market for us on one other putative fine day? Oversubtlety? Our personal quodlibets? 23 Andante Favori In overdue summer season we might name one another many times until eventually the sour foam subsided. used to be it a twist of fate that letters started arriving quicker than fallen leaves, solutions to ones by no means despatched, or so we suggestion? in spite of everything every bit fits well subsequent to a different. dirt is wiped from the image, whose transparent blue stings like a remembered promise. Flocks are waving, dispelling tears that have been untimely. The field has been left open—accidentally? —and gentle pours into its topic, a overdue essay from the master’s hand. throughout, brightness is forgiven, diverting a lax sheen on letterheads and garments lengthy hung in closets. shall we try and depart however the timing’s unsuitable, borders are altering.

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