Mystical hysterical amalgam of earth and wind

and mind


over and of

the much-loved


dust you go

through a field I know


by broken heart

for I have learned this art


of flourishing

vanishing


wherein to live

is to move


cohesion

illusion


wild untouchable toy

called by a boy


God’s top

in a time when time stopped.


Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor of Poetry. His third volume of poetry is Every Riven Thing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). This article ran in the September 23, 2010 issue of the magazine.

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