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Poetry by Robert Stone: A possible new right, a sonnet

A possible new right
-a sonnet reflecting on a drawing's inscription: Patience is a virtue
Today my yesterdays will not keep still.
I thought I knew the meaning of the words
I read, repeated, gladly took as drill
to shape a life this mortal body girds.

Tomorrow by today is forecast same.
I think I will continue wondering
if blessing, cursing, righteousness, or blame
results when I some thoughtless blunder bring.

All yesterdays tomorrows underwrite.
I cannot put unwanted past aside
but having seen a possible new right
can choose another way at path's divide.

My patience both short shrinks and long expands.
and that of others vexes my demands.

- Robert Stone, 15 April 2012
The next earlier Robert Stone poem: Poetry by Robert Stone: Time for me to fly, a sonnet

This story was posted on 2012-04-15 10:00:50
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