Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Yet and You

Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Yet and You

YET and YOU from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, look back to a time before and anticipate another to come.

Friday Poetry with James Goertel Yet and You

The Milky Way can be seen as a very large streak or arc across the night sky if the visibility conditions are good enough. This panoramic photo was taken at Death Valley. Photo credit: wikipedia


Everything is young again,
You and I not yet born,
Decades away from a marriage bed;

My father’s memory still to fade,
Its perfume hovering over a river
Not yet making its way to a dead sea.

I do not know as yet
We cannot keep it from seven oceans,
From eventual evaporation;

The two of us yet to smile
At one another across a room,
To bury him beneath an ancient riverbed.


I am counting greening blades of grass
In anticipation of another nascent spring romance

With you;

Noting the porcelain of your winter skin
Lambent in sunlight returned from a southern sky

To you;

Numbering the wane of days remaining
Between this morning and another summer apart

From you.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


View Comments (3)
  • Always a pleasure to read James Goertel’s poetry. Congratulations.

  • claudia saint-pierre

    Two beautiful poems ….Love the romance of YOU …

  • Thank you, all.


Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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