Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MATERIALISM, by JAMES GALVIN

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MATERIALISM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If things aren't things
Last Line: Hold me still
Subject(s): Materialism; Nature; Property; Possessions

If things aren't things
So much as happenings,
Or a confluence even
More complex,
Then there's no such thing
As sky, though sky
Is real, and we
Have not imagined it.
The everlasting
Never began.
Everything, then,
Is the direction everything
Moves in, seeming
Not to move.
I am waiting
For something very
Nice to happen,
And then it happens:
Your long dark
Hair sweeps
Across my chest
Like sweeps of prairie
Rain. Loveliest
Of motion's possessions,
Hold me still.

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