Poetry

Next Moment

Marie Borroff

Tentative, the finger of the mind
Dabbles the water, future. The water wavers,
Assumes all shapes in seeming, but, being water,
Releases all, remains yet undefined;

To the poised finger passive, seems to hold
All possibles as one, alike existent,
Till by time’s chemistry, sudden the present
Locks into crystal, actual and cold.

Marie Borroff was a scholar, poet, translator, and a Sterling Professor of English at Yale University.
Originally published:
April 1, 1948

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