Poem” The Day is A Song” by William Taylor Jr. for Before I Turn Into Gold Online Anthology

(c) Geoffrey Wren

The Day is a Song

The day is a song Leonard Cohen
didn't have the chance to finish

and I'm caught inside it
like a wounded thing

and sometimes my poems leave me
like a woman or the hours in a day
or a last breath at the end of things

and I'm left with this ghost of a life 
and this hunger for beauty 
in whatever form it can still afford

outside there's rain
and broken people beneath

a pretty uselessness that pulls the heart

and sometimes it seems 
the best plan is to be forgotten 
just as soon as you can manage

yet there's a music to it all
that's kept me going so far

when I finish this beer I'll go outside 
and find some alley I've never seen

I'll turn the corner and take
whatever's there.

*This poem appears in William's collection, From the Essential Handbook on Making it to the Next Whatever

Bio: William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in San Francisco.He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a volume of fiction. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including Rattle, The New York Quarterly, and The Chiron Review. He is a five time Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. Pretty Things to Say, (Six Ft. Swells Press, 2020) is his latest collection of poetry.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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