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by Thom Gunn | |

Considering The Snail

 The snail pushes through a green
night, for the grass is heavy
with water and meets over
the bright path he makes, where rain
has darkened the earth's dark.
He moves in a wood of desire, pale antlers barely stirring as he hunts.
I cannot tell what power is at work, drenched there with purpose, knowing nothing.
What is a snail's fury? All I think is that if later I parted the blades above the tunnel and saw the thin trail of broken white across litter, I would never have imagined the slow passion to that deliberate progress.


by Thom Gunn | |

My Sad Captains

 One by one they appear in
the darkness: a few friends, and
a few with historical 
names.
How late they start to shine! but before they fade they stand perfectly embodied, all the past lapping them like a cloak of chaos.
They were men who, I thought, lived only to renew the wasteful force they spent with each hot convulsion.
They remind me, distant now.
True, they are not at rest yet, but now they are indeed apart, winnowed from failures, they withdraw to an orbit and turn with disinterested hard energy, like the stars.