til i get it right

A few years ago I didn’t know very much about poetry and then poets started to appear in my life. It’s like having a red car all of a sudden you notice all the other red cars. Suddenly there are poets everywhere. Including one that I work with nearly everyday. In honor of his 49th birthday (yah, I said it) here’s one of my favorite poets, Joshua Beckman, and his book Take It.

In Colorado, in Oregon, upon
each beloved fork, a birthday is celebrated.
I miss each and every one of my friends.
I believe in getting something for nothing.
Push the chair, and what I can tell you
with almost complete certainty
is that the chair won’t mind.
And beyond hope,
I expect it is like this everywhere.
Music soothing people.
Change rolling under tables.
The immaculate cutoff so that we may continue.
A particular pair of trees waking up against the window.
This partnership of mind, and always now
in want of forgiveness. That forgiveness be
the domain of the individual,
like music or personal investment.
Great forward-thinking people brought us
the newspaper, and look what we have done.
It is time for forgiveness. Dear ones,
unmistakable quality will soon be upon us.
Don’t wait for anything else.

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