The Watcher of Vowels

We are like that astronomer

Filmmaker Robert Bly
Filmmaker Matt Van Ekeren

The Watcher of Vowels

How lovely it is to write with all these vowels:
Body, Thomas, the codfish's psalm. The gaiety
Of form comes from the labor of it playfulness.
We are drunkards who never take a drop.
We all become ditch-diggers like Brahms.
No, no, we are like that astronomer
Who watches the great sober star return
Each night to its old place in the night sky.
Robert Bly

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Poem ©2005 Robert Bly, all rights reserved. Used by permission of the author and publisher Midnight Paper Sales Books. Film ©2011 Motionpoems, Inc., all rights reserved.