Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gary Snyder poem

I like this poem by Gary Snyder because it is masculine and intimate, a rare feat of emotion. I also see an all-knowing, accepting look of wisdom ("How intelligent he looks!")in Jonny's eyes when I change him. At least when he's not fussing and trying to get away.

From Axe Handles:

Changing Diapers
How intelligent he looks!
on his back
both feet caught in my one hand
his glance set sideways,
on a giant poster of Geronimo
with a Sharp's repeating rifle by his knee.
I open, wipe, he doesn't even notice
nor do I.
Baby legs and knees
toes like little peas
little wrinkles, good-to-eat,
eyes bright, shiny ears,
chest swelling drawing air,
No trouble, friend,
you and me and Geronimo
are men.

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