April 15th, 2006

poetry

Poet's Corner: Some Opposites

Some Opposites

The opposite of standing still
Is walking up or down a hill,
Running backwards, creeping, crawling,
Leaping off a cliff and falling
Turning somersaults in gravel,

Or any other form of travel.

The opposite of a doughnut? Wait
A minute while I meditate.
This isn't easy. Ah, I've found it!
A cookie with a hole around it.

What's the opposite of two?
A lonely me, a lonely you.

The opposite of a cloud could be
A white reflection in the sea,
Or a huge blueness in the air,
Caused by a cloud not being there.

The opposite of opposite?
That's much too difficult. I quit.

Richard Wilbur (born 1921)