Poetry Friday: A Shadow Borne Lightly

God in the Details
by Mike White

I’ve seen to it that ants
carry their dead

in the ceremonial style
of a great long poem

but the distances
are manageable

and how heavy
after all is an ant

when I am myself
a shadow borne

so lightly

Mike White is a Utah poet whose work has appeared in journals including Verse, Poetry, Margie, Fulcrum, The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, and The Threepenny Review. I’m not able to find much more about him – but I’m looking.

Poetry Friday today is at author amok. Don’t miss Jules’ discovery of William Stafford’s elegant “prayer of a poem;” something you may find yourself reading over and over again.

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  1. Oh I love that, too. It invokes the same emotions for me that others have touched upon here…so sad, yet so beautiful. Such perfect economy of words, too. Jama nails it with “far-reaching.” There’s a lot here. I wanna hang it up and keep studying/pondering it.

    How nice to link to Stafford. What a gift that poem is, huh?

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