I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Blackburn-PaulPaul Blackburn (November 24, 1926 – September 13, 1971) was an American poet. He influenced contemporary literature through his poetry, translations and the encouragement and support he offered to fellow poets.

In his lifetime Blackburn published thirteen books of original poetry, as well as five major works of translation. Twelve other books were published posthumously.

 

RITUAL VIII

Let me tell you, let me tell
          you, it
          is the repetitions
          keep us going any
          way

That pretty girl crossing
          on the ferry at 6 so
          clearly ignoring
all the attention she gets, will
          grow old, get
          pregnant,
increase the population or not,
          come to look
          different, change
          her ideas, and so,
                                    years from now
                                    another girl
looking not unlike her will come
          sit in the same seat, not
                                   smoking,
eaten up by bad coffee and foghorns
                                   back
to some unremarkable life, and
                                  the process
                                  rebegin
That old advertisement for a cleaner, Old
                                  Dutch,
holding a can of Old Dutch cleanser with
          the same picture on it,
and the same one that, only
          a little smaller, always
          one a little smaller, the
                                 same thing
                                 over again

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THE YAWN
Paul Blackburn

The black-haired girl
with the big
brown
eyes
on the Queen’s train coming
in to work, so
opens her mouth so beautifully
wide
in a ya-aawn, that
two stops after she has left the train
I have only to think of her            and I

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