On the Afternoon in the Aftermath of the Root Canal up in Lewiston
The root of the matter is crucial.
Even in as simple thing as a tooth.
Or that of the World Tree, roots reaching
deep in the realm of the underground. Heart
of the matter of language with its dirt, & clean
stones. Cistern of language I felt today, when down
by the waterfront the wind in the waves was more like weave
of a text, knowing that underneath ocean life teemed: cormorant,
seal, crab, & fish, right down to the floor of seaweed. Stood a while
taking it all in, reading the vast World, when the tanker, Leopard Moon
out of Singapore cast added daytime light on pages turning stars in the harbor.
Robert Gibbons, a former Gloucester resident, is the author of nine books of poetry. In 2013, in addition to completing a Trilogy of prose poems with Nine Point Publishing, he published Olson/Still: Crossroad, a brief study concerning the similarities in approach to art by Olson in words, and Clyfford Still in paint.