Have You Ever Looked at Water?
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"Have you ever looked at water? / Have you ever looked at glass? / Have you wondered if you ought to / stand and wait the storm to pass?" Time. Crisis. Love. Loss. Yearning. Laughter and Weeping. Cursing and Blessing. Sunshine and Rain. We have known all these things. Come and see. More
"Have you ever looked at water?" is an intense poem about beauty, loss, the yearning for redemption, and the not-so-easy path to capture it.
All this is fitted into a roughly chiastic structure.
(That is, when verses are in the sequence A, B, C, C', B', A', the verses A and A', etc. form a pair.)
Have you ever looked at water?
Have you ever looked at glass?
Have you wondered if you ought to
stand and wait the storm to pass?
Have you seen a faded red rose?
Have you seen when summer’s passed?
Have you wondered at the day’s close
Why the time should even last?
Have you ever felt the ice-wind?
Have you ever felt the fire?
Have you ever had your arm pinned
‘Twixt the blizzard and the pyre?