The City Limits Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


When you consider the radiance that it does not withholdA
itself but pours its abundance without selection into everyB
nook and cranny not overhung or hidden when you considerC
that birds' bones make no awful noise against the light butD
lie low in the light as in a high testimony when you considerC
the radiance that it will look into the guiltiestD
swervings of the weaving heart and bear itself upon themE
not flinching into disguise or darkening when you considerC
the abundance of such resource as illuminates the glow blueF
bodies and gold skeined wings of flies swarming the dumpedD
guts of a natural slaughter or the coil of shit and in noG
way winces from its storms of generosity when you considerC
that air or vacuum snow or shale squid or wolf rose or lichenH
each is accepted into as much light as it will take thenI
the heart moves roomier the man stands and looks about theJ
leaf does not increase itself above the grass and the darkK
work of the deepest cells is of a tune with May bushesL
and fear lit by the breadth of such calmly turns to praiseM

Archie Randolph Ammons


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