Sunday, April 21, 2013

In Case You've Never Read "The Wall," The Sonnet Donald Justice Wrote to Get Into Berryman's Workshop at Iowa...




 ...well, here it is. 



The Wall

The wall surrounding them they never saw;
The angels, often. Angels were as common
As birds or butterflies, but looked more human.
As long as the wings were furled, they felt no awe.
Beasts, too, were friendly. They could find no flaw
In all of Eden: this was the first omen.
The second was the dream which woke the woman.
She dreamed she saw the lion sharpen his claw.
As for the fruit, it had no taste at all.
They had been warned of what was bound to happen.
They had been told of something called the world.
They had been told and told about the wall.
They saw it now; the gate was standing open.
As they advanced, the giant wings unfurled.



1 comment:

  1. Those rhymes are to die for. Yeah, I know, there's more to it than that, but this is one of those poems where the rhymes are so gorgeous in themselves, I want to eat them like fruit

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