Quick Thought

Far from home, Nina Simone and the Black Keys sound even better. And Raymond Carver seems even more incisive. Since I keep running into people here that really like him, I thought I might share a poem of his that I’m keen on:

Happiness

So early it’s still almost dark out.
I’m near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.
When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.
They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren’t saying anything, these boys.
I think if they could, they would take
each other’s arm.
It’s early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.
They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.
Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn’t enter into this.
Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.

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2 comments
  1. Mom said:

    Thanks for sharing this! I like it too

  2. Rebecca (I have been going by that here because its easier to say in Spanish :P) said:

    Poem is excellent. I have reread the ending a few times:
    Happiness. It comes on
    unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
    any early morning talk about it.

    I really love that ending.

    p.s. I totally understand how Nina Simone and Black Keys can sound better there and for you 🙂
    I love and miss you punam!

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