The Manhattan Review
The Manhattan Review
Established 1980

Archive > Vol. 14 no. 2


Penelope Shuttle

Scapegoat Song


I love the sky best on foot
when I rise from myself

like a necessary tempest,
quicker than the future,

kinder than the past,
kneeling by the mercy-seat of the light,

losing and finding
the mustard-seed of myself,

studying the deceit of pomegranates,
the doe of autumn, a leaf in its prime,

a lighthouse so white
the moon has to look the other way all night.