Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Ellen Reiss


    “Abundantly Becoming” is about the birth of a child—the child who is each of us. It says that what we are is inseparable from the whole world with its ever so many things, and as we’re affected by them we become ourselves. —Ellen Reiss


    Abundantly Becoming

    In the first moment of the first hour of life there is
    The movement of wind in fragrant grasses.
    Possibilities of rain stir
    The beginnings of broken watches unevenly ticking,
    The old cats' howl, and
    The long sound of an ancient lute.
    He is so many essences.
    Chrysanthemums will one day grow near him, and his smile
    Will be a chrysanthemum, and his eyes will hold birch forests in a great snow,
    Grey, and white, and white.
    He is
    Abundantly becoming.

© by Ellen Reiss

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