When Ecstasy is Inconvenient

Feign a great calm;
all gay transport soon ends.
Chant: who knows
flight's end or flight's beginning
for the resting gull?

Heart, be still.
Say there is money but it rusted;
say the time of moon is not right for escape.
It's the color in the lower sky
too broadly suffused,
or the wind in my tie.

Know amazedly how
often one takes his madness
into his own hands
and keeps it.

Lorine Niedecker  
* published in Poetry 42.6, September 1933 

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