Almost As If I’ve Been Given an Horizon

Graham Foust

The giant world
is no damned genius

with its basket of latitude,
its schedule for wanting

to be touched.
Now, slow asleep

I’m song
to break in on,

a strength less lost
than gone.

I borrow minute, hour,
day, day.

The waves as cruel replacements pass
for crutches.

“Almost As If I've Been Given an Horizon" appears in As in Every Deafness ©2003 by Graham Foust, reprinted with the permission of Flood Editions. Poet Graham Foust was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is the author of several collections of poetry. He has taught at Saint Mary’s College of California and at the University of Denver. For more about Graham, visit www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/graham-foust