POETRY

"All Change"

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A call in a flickering tunnel
packed with human multiforms.

Dash up the down escalator
gasping like a salmon,

but not so solemnly,
onto the rain-wet pavement.

All change, all change, born
to spawn and die,

the river maiden plunges hands
in the lukewarm Thames,

the brown eddy and flow,
and calls it blessed.

You've seen her swim
in total delight

and weather change.
Water's her nature

and water's life,
there for the drinking.

David Mason’s books of poems include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, was also featured on the PBS News Hour. Author of a collection of essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, he published a memoir, News from the Village, in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. Mason has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, her operatic adaptation of Ludlow, and her oratorio, Vedem. In addition, he has edited or co-edited several anthologies and textbooks. He serves as Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014.

A call in a flickering tunnel
packed with human multiforms.

Dash up the down escalator
gasping like a salmon,

but not so solemnly,
onto the rain-wet pavement.