If the Wind Could Talk
April 15, 2014
National Poetry Month. 15
Things the Wind Says
by William Stafford, from Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford, ed. Vincent Wixon and Paul Merchant
Everything still ought to move.
Of all plants I believe my favorite
is the tumbleweed.
Water will talk if stirred.
There are places in the mountains I am
afraid to tell about, but at night
you can hear me hint about them.
Islands aren’t so much.
I never saw a cloud I didn’t like.
Steam is all right, but I prefer smoke.
I was born in Kansas, but now I
travel all over the world.
I spend my vacations in Texas.
The best job I ever had was with
Sir Francis Drake.
My cousins live in water: they’re a
I’ll dance with anyone — royalty, commoners,
but especially refugees. . . .