Oh! Ah Ha!

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The world

Is full of epiphanies

For children & old men

Each leaf a flag unfurled

To hold a thousand lands

Each drop of water the sea

In which leviathan swims

Beneath the ketch’s keel

Each finch an eagle

In his eye 


The school

It is that robs a boy

Of his wild imagination

Parsing verbs out of duty

Diagramming life as though

It were a sentence not a dream

All in the name of education

He can’t even afford or use

Trading grade for glimpse

Of the mystery lying

At his hand


The office

It is that robs a woman

Of her capacity to dream

Managing the unmotivated

Balancing inventory & invoice

Of the widgets without wonder

All for the sake of a net profit

She won’t ever see or enjoy

Trading success for sense

Of the sacred hiding

In her heart


The bench

It is that gives a man

The gift of his childhood

Time uninterrupted by task

Thought unimpeded by data

The sorting of which is futility

Here a butterfly!  There a bee!

And in the sky a thunderhead

Shaped as the sail of a ship

Bent as it were on China

Oh! Ah Ha!


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Oh! Ah Ha!

  1. even in a den of thieves, the imagination is secure


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