Pinhole by Kay Ryan

1.
Because you can only sit in the dark for so long, until the sky opens up again.

2.
Because it is time to wake up.

3.
Because a wound heals eventually.

4.
Because a scar means surviving.

5.
Because another story can begin even if the other hasn’t reached its end yet.

6.
Because I am here. Because you are here.

7.
Because the world turns.

8.
Because there is a crack in everything.

Pinhole
Kay Ryan

We say
pinhole.
A pin hole
of light. We
can’t imagine
how bright
more of it
could be,
the way
this much
defeats night.
It almost
isn’t fair,
whoever
poked this,
with such
a small act
to vanquish
blackness.

15 Comments

  1. Upon first reading this, I misunderstood and thought this was a new poem by Kay Ryan. Then I realized the first one was yours. I love it, and I’m going to share it. :)

  2. Yes, that’s a beauty, no question. And your own #6 reminds me of Cid Corman “it isn’t for want.” Such a lovely sentiment, that is: “Because I am here. Because you are here.” Who needs more reason to be than that, eh?

  3. T. I like your poem more than Kay’s, which is great, but still not as good as yours.

    Thanks for continuing to post. Read a Little Poetry is ineffable, beautiful, rarefied, and true.

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