Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, JOSEPH, by DAVID IGNATOW

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JOSEPH, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Joseph saw no trouble ahead
Last Line: "he made his brothers tremble
Subject(s): Manipulation; Courts & Courtiers; Brothers

It was a day of feeling.
It was our world, the lake at our back,
in front of us the cars scooting past.
We were in no hurry where we sat.

It seemed right, with nothing to make us
leave or want to leave, but then
those cars reminded us of worlds
going in so many directions.

Without wanting to admit it,
this too had its beautiful side
because of being so futile,
this bother and rush people persisted in
as if nothing else existed;
that if this was what they persisted
in doing then it was possible nothing else
did exist.

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