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February 4, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Before I Knew

Before I Knew

Before I knew pleasures
Should be guilty
I climbed trees

Forfeiting homework and chores
In search of the beginning
Of wind
In those days shadows danced
Proved the sun moved around the Earth
(Did Ptolemy climb trees?)

Before I knew history
Was more ancient than myself
I hunted arrowheads

Scouring new plowed furrows
I exhumed fallen masterpieces
Of war
In those days summer ruled
Proved we would live forever
(Was Einstein once a child?)

Before I knew memory
Shaped the future
I dreamed easily

Dozing among the branches
Bare feet thickly shod
With dirt
In those days apples beckoned
Proved the universe was infinite
(Did Newton also dream?)

Published in The Powhatan Review, Vol. V, Number 1, Summer 2005

3 Comments

  1. Betty Hayes Albright / Feb 5 2012 11:59 PM

    Thank you for visiting my blog, for it led me to your wonderful poetry! I’m subscribing and looking forward to reading more.

    P.S. I can really relate to this poem of climbing trees, going bare-foot, etc. – all from the perspective of youth.

  2. Angela / Feb 8 2012 5:48 PM

    Evokes pleasant childhood memories of lazy, discovering summer days. What happens to those? It’s the challenge of the rest of one’s life to try to hang on to some vestige of that carefree spirit. Thank you for bringing a bright spot of beauty to my day.

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