Poetry Friday: So Much of the World by Gregory Djanikian

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These are our in between days…in between the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, the start of the goodbyes and the end of the daily togetherness…we are in between.

So Much of the World

by Gregory Djanikian

So much of the world exists
without us

the mountain in its own steepness

the deer sliding
into the trees becoming
a darkness
in the woods’ darkness.

So much of an open field
lies somewhere between the grass
and the dragonfly’s drive and thrum

the seed and seedling,
the earth within.

But so much of it lies in someone
standing alone at the edge of a field
with a life apart

feeling for a moment
the plover’s cry
on the tongue

the curve and plumb
of the apple bough
in limb and bone.

So much of it between
one thing and another,

days of invitation,
then of release and return.

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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: So Much of the World by Gregory Djanikian

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  2. Lovely. I looked and looked for a poem that could capture how I’m feeling right now, just before the end, but I couldn’t find one. So I wrote one.

  3. Gorgeous poem, Tara – and as others have noted, a perfect choice for this transition-time.
    I’m in love with this stanza:
    “the deer sliding
    into the trees becoming
    a darkness
    in the woods’ darkness” – …
    Thanks for sharing, and warmest wishes for you & your students.

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