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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Moment - Margaret Atwood

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

12 Comments:

Anonymous abe said...

wow. love atwood's books.never knew she wrote poetry.
good to have u back

word verification: qnnledr - quite nice news, long escaped disappearer returns

9:34 AM  
Blogger kaaju katli said...

:=) abe, you should start a word verification expansion blog. They are hilarious :)

11:44 AM  
Blogger Mukund said...

so very true....

Mukund

2:20 PM  
Blogger Shyam said...

ohwow.

7:21 PM  
Blogger 30in2005 said...

Atwood's books are a sheer delight. Her poetry was unknown to me till now. Thank you for that.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Hi..
interesting, from the "NAME" u hv put on ur profile to the style of your poetry...
"dry" amazing.."blank" makes me remember a song by "john mayer/my stupid mouth"

nice to land here...
Roy

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jyotsna said...

Beautiful,simple and profound her words are..
:)

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great - thanks for sharing.
Can we see your acts now? waiting ..

--Vaish

11:31 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

Atwood?

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Madhavan said...

brilliant!

12:26 PM  
Blogger N said...

Oh, that's a beautiful one! Have you read Habitation?

8:10 PM  
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