Frank Bidart – Visions At 74

Frank BidartFrank Bidart (May 27, 1939 -)

The planet turns there without you, beautiful.
Exiled by death you cannot
touch it. Weird joy to watch postulates

lived out and discarded, something crowded
inside us always craving to become something
glistening outside us, the relentless planet

showing itself the logic of what is
buried inside it. To love existence
is to love what is indifferent to you

you think, as you watch it turn there, beautiful.
World that can know itself only by
world, soon it must colonize and infect the stars.

You are an hypothesis made of flesh.
What you will teach the stars is constant
rage at the constant prospect of not-being.

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Sometimes when I wake it’s because I hear
a knock. Knock,
Knock. Two
knocks, quite clear.

I wake and listen. It’s nothing.