I try to read a poem right before I fall to sleep every night. If I opened a novel, I might stay up all night reading. But the right poem can lift me right up out of the day and put me in a quietly sublime state of mind. I've been dipping into Marie Ponsot recently.
In a skiff on a sunrisen lake we are watchers.
Swimming aimlessly is luxury, just as walking
loudly up a shallow stream is.
As we lean over the deep well, we whisper.
Friends at hearths are drawn to the one warm air;
strangers meet on beaches drawn to the one wet sea.
What wd it be to be water, one body of water
(what water is is another mystery). (We are
water divided.) It wd be a self without walls,
with surface tension, specific gravity, a local
exchange between bedrock and cloud of falling and rising,
rising to fall, falling to rise.