Northwest Schools of Literature: Texts

16. Denise Levertov, "Elusive"

Denise Levertov, “Elusive,” in Evening Train (New York: New Directions Publishing, 1992), 4.
Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

The mountain comes and goes
on the horizon,
a rhythm elusive as that of a sea-wave
higher than all the rest, riding to shore
flying its silver banners—
you count to seven, but no,
its measure
slips by you with each recurrence.

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