Twenty Questions
by Jim Moore  (from the Academy of American Poets)        
 
 
Did I forget to look at the sky this morning
when I first woke up? Did I miss the willow tree?
The white gravel road that goes up from the cemetery,
but to where? And the abandoned house on the hill,                         
              did it get
even a moment? Did I notice the small clouds so slowly
moving away? And did I think of the right hand
of God? What if it is a slow cloud descending
on earth as rain? As snow? As shade? Don’t you think
I should move on to the mop? How it just sits there,    
              too often
unused? And the stolen rose on its stem?
Why would I write a poem without one?   (To read more, visit here.) 
 

Jim Moore is the author of six collections of poetry including Invisible Strings (Graywolf Press, 2011). 

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