Just Because


Just because the morning feels so good & we’re hitting the weekend full throttle, how about one more from Günter Grass to send us smoothly along?



As complicated as a nightingale,
as tinny as,
kind-hearted as,
as crease-proof, as traditional,
as green grave sour, as streaky,
as symmetrical,
as hairy,
as near the water, true to the wind,
as fireproof, frequently turned over,
as childishly easy, well-thumbed as,
as new and creaking, expensive as,
as deeply cellared, domestic as,
as easily lost, shiny with use,
as thinly blown, as snow-chilled as,
as independent, as mature,
as heartless as,
as mortal as,
as simple as my soul.

–Günter Grass, from IN THE EGG AND OTHER POEMS


2 Responses to “Just Because”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    July 21st, 2007 at 3:24 pm eThat’s a nice Hymn of embedding.

    I’ve been doing minimalizing doodles lately.


    I am all
    I all am

    Am I all ?
    Am all I ?

    All I am,
    All am I


  2. Erin Says:
    July 23rd, 2007 at 2:32 am eI’ll have to check Mr. Grass out. Always happy to be sent in new directions.

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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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