Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

Meant To Be

Consider, friends, how lovingly,

One thing meets another:

As for instance, kitten a kitten,

Leaf a leaf,

Book a book,

Or planet a thing.

Consider how this can go on,

Indefinitely, in any time,

Let alone all time.

Consider, friends, the impermanence of obstruction,

The friendliness and everlastingness of possibility,

And such matters:

And you will alter a little

The irritation of long ago,

Question its authenticity,

And use the past

To be refreshed,

As it was meant to be—

Used now.