Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Running - Richard Wilbur

(North Caldwell, New Jersey)

What were we playing? Was it prisoner's base?
I ran with whacking keds
Down the cart-road past Rickard's place,
And where it dropped beside the tractor-sheds

Leapt out into the air above a blurred
Terrain, through jolted light,
Took two hard lopes, and at the third
Spanked off a hummock-side exactly right,

And made the turn, and with delighted strain
Sprinted across the flat
By the bull-pen, and up the lane.
Thinking of happiness, I think of that.


  1. I selected this poem because a) I like it and b) it takes place in my home town. Richard Wilbur lived in North Caldwell at exactly the time my father lived there. I asked him if he knew Wilbur, he did not recall him. But when I showed him the poem he certainly remembered Rickard's place. One other piece of trivia, Wilbur, my father and I all attended the same elementary school, although we did not share the same teachers.


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