I saw myself



I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed,
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a

bell do












Lew Welch, “[I Saw Myself]” from Ring of Bone: Collected Poems of Lew Welch
Copyright © 2012 by Lew Welch. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.
Source: Ring of Bone: Collected Poems of Lew Welch (City Lights Books, 2012)

Comments

Daniel Kaplan said…
an inspiration to me, the poems of the collection of same name. This one gives me goose bumps. Thanks for reminding us of Lew Welch.

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