Don’t Forget Why You Came – a poem by Thomas R. Smith

Don’t Forget Why You Came

We know we’re in deep, sweet summer
when thoughts of its end come to hand.
The first corn for sale appears at
the roadside stand, fresh-picked ears heavy
in their moist leaves. In ditches, galaxies
of Queen Anne’s Lace newly spin,
fields so radiant you’d think the sun was
green. Above it all, vast white billows
froth the sky’s sea. The earth’s expansive,
far away from winter. How often I’ve
avoided grief by not admitting to
myself some ending. July is half-gone,
yet completely present. Just set aside all
thoughts of not being here. We weren’t born
to remain in the shadows of absence
and loss, but to carry our light, this one
light as far as we can into our days.


Thomas R. Smith lives in Wisconsin, USA, and have seven published collections so far, and was included in Diamond Cutters, edited by Jay Ramsay and Andrew Harvey. He has also edited several books, most recently Airmail, the correspondence of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer, published in the UK by Bloodaxe. Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems was published in 2018. His first prose book, Poetry on the Side of Nature: Writing the Nature Poem as an Act of Survival, is forthcoming from Folded Word Press in 2020.

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