Poets Walk: "somewhere"

Poets Walk: "somewhere"

Location on Poets Walk Map: Band F


At North Farm by John Ashbery


Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you,

At incredible speed, traveling day and night,

Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents, through narrow passes.

But will he know where to find you,

Recognize you when he sees you,

Give you the thing he has for you?

Hardly anything grows here,

Yet the granaries are bursting with meal,

The sacks of meal piled to the rafters.

The streams run with sweetness, fattening fish;

Birds darken the sky. Is it enough

That the dish of milk is set out at night,

That we think of him sometimes,

Sometimes and always, with mixed feelings?


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Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you,

At incredible speed, traveling day and night,

Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents, through narrow passes.

But will he know where to find you,


John Ashbery, "At North Farm" from A Wave. Originally in the Times Literary Supplement. Copyright © 1981, 1982, 1983 1984 by John Ashberry. Used by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc. on behalf of the author.