A Countdown in Poems to the Irish Arts Center PoetryFest

Poem #9: Rereading, by Vijay Seshadri

October 30, 2015  By Literary Hub

For the next four days Literary Hub will help in counting down the days until the seventh-annual Irish Arts Center PoetryFest begins by publishing a poem, as selected by festival co-curator Belinda McKeon. 


Rereading, by Vijay Seshadri


Remember that family who lived in a boat

run aground and capsized

by the creamy dunes where the plovers nest?

Sea, sun, storm, and firmament

kept their minds occupied.

David Copperfield came and went,

and their sympathy for him was such

that they pitied him almost as much

as he pitied himself. But their story

is not like the easy one

where you return to me and

lift my scarred eyes to the sun

and stroke my withered hand

and marry me, distorted as I am.

He was destined to dismantle their lives,

David Copperfield, with his

treacherous friend and insipid wives,

his well-thought-out position

on the Corn Laws and the constitution.

They were stillness and

he was all motion.

They lived in a boat upside down on the strand,

but he was of the kind who couldn’t understand

that land was not just land

or ocean ocean.


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