The Moon Upoon the Waters

The Moon Upoon the Waters

the green of days : the chimneys
alone : the green of days and the women
the whistle : the green of days and the women
the whistle of me entering the poem through the chimneys
plural : I flow from the (each) fireplaces
the green of days : I barely reach the sill
the women's flecked nails : the definite article
i remove i and a colon from two lines above
the green of days barely reach the sill
i remove es from ices keep another i put the c here
the green of days barely reaches the sill
the beachball : dreaming 'the' dream
the dreamball we dance on the beach

gentlemen i am not doing my best
cold fingers pass over my eye (salt)
i flow under the beachball as green waves
which if it were vaves would contain
the picture (v) and the name (aves)
of knots : the beachball : the green sea
through the fireplaces spurting through the chimneys
the waves : the whales : the beachball on a seal
still : the green of days : the exit

from Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2003), copyright © Tom Raworth 2003, used by permission of the author


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2You Were Wearing Blue

3Wedding Day

4The Others

5My Son The Haiku Writer

6Who Is Hannibal's Descendent, Leading His Elephants Against the Tanks?

7You've Ruined My Evening / You've Ruined My Life

8Inner Space

9The Sure Grip of a Cat's Paw

10Lion Lion

11Jungle Book

12King of the Snow

13Floral Luncheons and Service Dinners

14The Moon Upoon the Waters

15One Two Three

16Songs of the Depression

17Que Bonitos Ochos Tienes!

18Lunch is Ready


20That More Simple Natural Time Tone Distortion


22Nothing to the Power of Language

23Sleep, Perch

24The West

25English Opium

26In Memoriam L. Wittgenstein

27No Light No Tunnel

28Living Under the Divine Right of Sheriffs

29Human Warmth


31The Vein

32All Fours

33Name Unknown

34Intellectual Compost 3


36Differences in Common

37No Hard Feelings

38Follow the Food

39Affirmative =/= 2 x Negative

Books by Tom Raworth