An Old Story by Tracy Smith, Classic Poems Presented By Go Dog Go Cafe’s, Barista’s

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I was drawn towards this brilliant poem “An Old Story” by Poetry laureate Tracy Smith from her collection “Wade in Water” when I received the poster for the National Poetry Month 2019. The words in the poem bring so much hope and light so relevant to the desperate times that we all are in.

An Old Story

We were made to understand it would be

Terrible. Every small want, every niggling urge,

Every hate swollen to a kind of epic wind.

 

Livid, the land, and ravaged, like a rageful

Dream. The worst in us having taken over

And broken the rest utterly down.

 

A long age

Passed. When at last we knew how little

Would survive us—how little we had mended

 

Or built that was not now lost—something

Large and old awoke. And then our singing

Brought on a different manner of weather.

 

Then animals long believed gone crept down

From trees. We took new stock of one another.

We wept to be reminded of such color.

 

–Tracy Smith

 

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