Terrestrial Music

by Charles Wright

What's up, grand architect of the universe?
                                                                     The stars are falling,
The moon is failing behind your vaporous laundry,
Planets are losing their names,
                  and darkness is dropping inches beneath the earth.

Down here, we take it in stride.
The horses go on with their chomp and snatch in the long grasses,
The dogs cringe,
                and coyotes sing in the still woods, back out of sight.


Charles Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States (2014-2015). "Terrestrial Music" is part of his collection Sestets, published in 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux..

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