Poets Walk: "a miscellaneous"

Poet's Walk: "a miscellaneous..."

Location on Poets Walk Map: Band H


The Geese by Hyam Plutzig


A miscellaneous screaming that comes from nowhere

Raises the eyes at last to the moonward-flying

Squadron of wild-geese arcing the spatial cold.

Beyond the hunter’s gun or the will’s range

They press southward, toward the secret marshes

Where the appointed gunmen mark the crossing

Of flight and moment. There is no force stronger

(In the sweep of the monomaniac passion, time)

Than the will toward destiny, which is death.

Value the intermediate splendor of birds.

Passage carved on granite band:

A miscellaneous screaming that comes from nowhere

Raises the eyes at last to the moonward-flying

Squadron of wild-geese arcing the spatial cold.


Hyam Plutzik, "The Geese" from Apples from Shinar. Copyright © 1959 by Hyam Plutzik. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.