The Poetry Project

from The Prospect

Marcella Durand

The prospect—to return to that word
and really think about it, dig into it, like how a word
can be like dirt, and can sprout something like green,
green all over, but still, the prospect, which implies
something incipient, and maybe something planned? Planning
for the future, something happening or about to happen along a line
of green woods, or green horizon, or just a green line

along the edge of what we can see, we who peer
out the window and if you didn’t know the window
was placed in the wall in a way to look out over
a line of green along the horizon almost like
it was coming toward you, that line, spreading toward us.

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