Home > Audio Home > Audio Poem Index > Through the Center

Play RealAudio File Download free
RealSystems Technical Support (for audio playback problems)
Index of All Audio Readings

Alan Harris reading

Through the Center

by Alan Harris
In the humid stillness
of this August afternoon
I watch a spider spinning its web
in the ceiling corner above
what some may call my deathbed.

Is there a faint whisper?
I hold my breath to hear it.
No, no sound at all--
a silent eight-legged dance
on the wallpaper border,
a twirling in air,
a catching on a thought.

Share the secret
of your web's design with me,
fellow spinner in space,
and I'll reveal it to mankind
in homely phrases,
given a few more days on earth.
Fill me with your simple wisdom
as I lay complexities aside.

What is this long-lost feeling?
As your web takes flimsy form,
my room grows dim, then dark--
this air will not be breathed.
Some force is kindly lifting me
to your delicate ceiling circle
that I may venture through the center
toward our one and only Light.

From the book Blue Sky in Buckets (1990)

Index of All Audio Readings | Audio Home Page | Paul Meier's Bio

(Alan Harris)
Search only alharris.com site
by Alan Harris. All rights reserved.
This text will be replaced by the flash music player.