Metaphysical There

The tree frog’s two syllables rising from night trees sound exactly like a plea, or like a final question: is it is it is it, and it means oh what a night we inhabit together, hanging our songs out in the cool air like blessings on the doorframe.

Until I found my life there, I was afraid of the dark. Until it had hidden me from grave danger, I didn’t know how close the embrace of night in all its splendor through which I could hear voices and footsteps but was never seen.

So now I haunt my own backyard in the pitch dark, only a neighbor’s small light across the way. I am looking for something that isn’t there.

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl's most recent poetry collection is On the Shores of Welcome Home which won the Isabella Gardner Award for Poetry and was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in the fall of 2019.BOA also recently published Weigl’s innovative short prose book called Among Elms in Ambush.Previously he published The Abundance of Nothing (TriQuarterly Books), one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2013, a memoir – The Circle of Hanh (Grove Press, 2000) -- as well as more than twenty-five other works of poetry, essays, and translations from the Vietnamese and the Romanian.He lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and in Ha Noi Viet Nam.
Bruce Weigl

Author: Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl's most recent poetry collection is On the Shores of Welcome Home which won the Isabella Gardner Award for Poetry and was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in the fall of 2019. BOA also recently published Weigl’s innovative short prose book called Among Elms in Ambush. Previously he published The Abundance of Nothing (TriQuarterly Books), one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2013, a memoir – The Circle of Hanh (Grove Press, 2000) -- as well as more than twenty-five other works of poetry, essays, and translations from the Vietnamese and the Romanian. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and in Ha Noi Viet Nam.