liked this poem by Mr. Riley and thought I would post it before going my way Monday morning. Seems like it will be a busy week for us.  Enjoy the week and if you have the time, go walk in some fields.

Eunoia Review

Because floods

overwhelm city

streets and fjords

alike I promise

always to observe

skyscrapers alongside

peonies. To divest

from corporate

prayer. To believe


only when

necessary. After all,

what’s prayer comparable to?

Dandelions wilt

as I walk past them,

you can’t save

yourself, that’s just

living. You can’t name

the book of love, it’s made

of names.

Of names

scrawled on insensible

parchment. I know,

Sunday’s a day of rest.

It’s probably better

to forget one’s own

name than to remember

one’s forgotten one’s own

name. The wind

carried me here.

The book of love said. I followed

close behind,

tracing each nettle.

The tide rises,

overflows my desk.

I’m standing knee deep.

Scott Corbet Riley is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, studying US poetry. He has published essays and poems in Berkeley Poetry Review, Rattle, and Landscapes. He holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College…

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