Joyce Sutphen Time Poems
- 1. Crossroads
The second half of my life will be black
to the white rind of the old and fading moon.
The second half of my life will be water
over the cracked floor of these desert years.
- 2. The Aunts
I like it when they get together
and talk in voices that sound
like apple trees and grape vines,
- 3. Living In The Body
Body is something you need in order to stay
on this planet and you only get one.
And no matter which one you get, it will not
be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful
- 4. Older, Younger, Both
I feel older, younger, both
at once. Every time I win,
I lose. Every time I count,
I forget and must begin again.
- 5. Sometimes Never
Talking, we begin to find the way into
our hearts, we who knew no words,
words being a rare commodity
in those countries we left behind.
- 6. Next Time
I'll know the names of all of the birds
and flowers, and not only that, I'll
tell you the name of the piano player
I'm hearing right now on the kitchen