Reading Aloud (#28): Richard Wilbur's "The Beautiful Changes" (1947)

The Beautiful Changes

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne's Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon's tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.

Your hand holds roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things' selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

[Credit: Collected Poems, 1943—2004, pg. 462]

Reading Aloud (#29): James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1939), pg. 3

Reading Aloud (#27): Robert Graves's "Recalling War" (1938)