THE GEM 29 JULY 2015 : History is a string full of knots, the best you can do is admire it, and maybe tie it up a bit more. History is a hammock for swinging and a game for playing – Jeannette Winterson

THE GEM 29 JULY 2015

THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY

Huon Times (Franklin, Tas. : 1910 – 1933), Friday 3 June 1921,

Fotor0129172628Huon Times (Franklin, Tas. - 1910 - 1933), Friday 3 June 1921,

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

BY JAMES WRIGHT

Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.
Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.
To my right,
In a field of sunlight between two pines,
The droppings of last year’s horses
Blaze up into golden stones.
I lean back, as the evening darkens and comes on.
A chicken hawk floats over, looking for home.
I have wasted my life

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