On arrival

By Richard Howard (1929 - )


Waiting is the poem of waiting.
     Tomorrow you will be here
and I can leave off the anthology,
     heroic couplets, haiku,
projective verse - it is all making
     do, and it has done for me
whatever making can: a coming
     to terms with nothing, until
something is on those terms, my poems.
     By tomorrow this waiting
will be over and done with, it will
     be my best poem ever,
and it will never have been written.

  Afterwards the month poems are at hand on The shelf       Hugen