Still

by Rae Armantrout

Once we believed the bees,

moving as attention does,

settling and lifting 

from blue identicals,

were the picture

of eternity.
*
Practiced hands knitting,

hole by hole,

a great, shapeless scarf.

Mind on something else.
*
A scarf?

Something intensive.

seen from afar.

Something long

            –from Versed (Wesleyan University Press, 2009)

The title has two meanings: still as in yet and still as in not moving. fixed in place. The images though are in motion: bees “settling and lifting” and “practiced hands knitting”. Oh, and a wandering mind that makes that scarf (?) into something else again, something “intensive” and “long”–life or something we leave behind, still and yet?

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