By Seymour Shubin
It came one day
fully, by itself,
without prodding, urging,
even without thought:
Does the river know the rower's
Does the rower know the
river is still here?
I've tried urging on
of the long 8, the straining, the curve
the lifting of the shell
on strong arms...
All this and more, but it doesn't stay,
it's wrong, it doesn't say it, add to
what came only yesterday, some twenty
the thing that came fully:'
Doesthe river know the rower's gone?Doesthe rower know the river is still here?
SeymourShubin is the author of fifteen books. In 1953, Seymour Shubinpublished his first novel, Anyone’s My Name. It quickly becamea New York Times bestseller and went on to be recognized as aclassic of the field, published in numerous international editions andtaught in college courses on both literature and criminology.Subsequently, Shubin wrote more than a dozen other novels, includingone, The Captain, that was a finalist for the Edgar Allan PoeAward and selected for the mystery reference work 100 GreatDetectives.
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Joel ( Rower Poem) ©2011 by Seymour Shubin,All rights reserved
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