American Culture · American Literature · Classic · Collection · Deep Image Poetry · Poetry

James Wright

This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
In its dark thorns.
Still,
There are good things in this world.
It is dusk.
It is the good darkness
Of women’s hands that touch loaves.
The spirit of a tree begins to move.
I touch leaves.
I close my eyes and think of water.

James Wright, “Trying to Pray,” The Branch Will Not Break. (Wesleyan University Press; 1st edition May 15, 1963)

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