Why We Are Truly a Nation by William Matthews : The Poetry Foundation

Posted on July 4, 2013

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Why We Are Truly a Nation

BY WILLIAM MATTHEWS

Because we rage inside
the old boundaries,
like a young girl leaving the Church,
scared of her parents.
Because we all dream of saving
the shaggy, dung-caked buffalo,
shielding the herd with our bodies.
Because grief unites us,
like the locked antlers of moose
who die on their knees in pairs.

William Matthews, “Why We Are Truly a Nation” from Selected Poems and Translations, 1969-1991. Copyright © 1992 by William Matthews. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved,

 

Why We Are Truly a Nation by William Matthews : The Poetry Foundation.

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