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Surrendering Perspective

06.13.18 Posted in today's words by

Charlotte Ozment’s most recent poem to appear here was “Everywhere but Here” (January 2018)

Surrendering Perspective
By Charlotte Ozment

The view before me,
of rising peaks, snow-bound
or ragged and brown,
the horizon filled left to right
with no end to the earth’s
curve in sight,
it sits, still as a breath held
as condensation rises
towards a camouflaged sun.

I wonder if I am even standing here,
belong in this spot, on this shore
of a becalmed lake,
for my image does not
overlay the greys and whites
as they step toward me
on ripples met by a lowering sky.

This grandeur has never
required a spectator,
the rays peeking through billowed air
as it marches cross this vista,
flawless and pure.

And surely I am just an after-thought,
a comma on this point
in a direction found
when the mind is emptied
and arrogance has fled before awe.

3 Responses to “Surrendering Perspective”

  1. bobbietroy says:

    Lovely poem. Great last stanza

  2. […] First Published by: Vox Poetica Publication Date – June 13, 2018 Link to my Poem […]

  3. Karen Harvey says:

    This is a beautiful poem which captured the stillness. I reread it several times and found myself holding my breath as I imagined the scene. Thank you.

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