The song
sparrow puts all his
saying
into one
repeated song:
what
 
variations, subtleties
he manages,
to encompass denser
meanings, I’m
too coarse
to catch: it’s
 
one song, an over-reach
from which
all possibilities,
like filaments,
depend:
killing,
 
nesting, dying,
sun or cloud,
figure up
and become
song—simple, hard:
removed.

  • A. R. Ammons, “Glass” from Collected Poems: 1951-1971. Copyright © 1965 by A. R. Ammons. Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

  • Source: Collected Poems: 1951-1971 (W. W. Norton and Company Inc., 1972)

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