Providence, by A. R. Ammons

Yamamoto Masao 山本昌男 untitled 0752 - From “a box of ku”, Japan 1998

Yamamoto Masao 山本昌男 untitled 0752 – From “a box of ku”, Japan 1998

To stay
bright as
if just
thought of
earth requires

only that
nothing stay

From Parabola Volume 31, No. 2, “Absence and Longing,” Summer 2006. This issue is available to purchase here. If you have enjoyed this piece, consider subscribing.

Reprinted from The Really Short Poems of A .R.  Ammons © 1990 by A.R. Ammons. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton.