Keeping Things Whole

KEEPING THINGS WHOLE

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

–Mark Strand

4 thoughts on “Keeping Things Whole

  1. I read the first line of this poem and thought, ‘This is Mark Strand!’ I haven’t read this poem in a long time, but it used to be one of my favorites. Thanks for bringing it back to me.

    xofrances

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  2. “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.”

    ~ Leonard Cohen

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