American Literature · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Passage · Poetry

Dan Chiasson

Worn out by suffering, we lie on our great backs,
   tossing grass up to heaven—as a distraction, not a prayer.

That’s not humility you see on our long final journeys
   it’s procrastination. It hurts my heavy body to lie down.

— Dan Chiasson, from “The Elephant,” Natural History. (Knopf; First edition. edition October 11, 2005)

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