One Can Miss Mountains by Todd Boss

One of my favorite poems is by Todd Bass.
I have reprinted his “One Can Miss Mountains” here
from The New Yorker Magazine of May 8, 2008.
It never ceases to move and amaze me.
I love reading it out loud.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


One Can Miss Mountains

and pine. One

can dismiss
a whisper’s

revelations
and go on as

before as if
everything were

perfectly fine.
One does. One

loses wonder
among stores

of things.
One can even miss

the basso boom
of the ocean’s

rumpus room
and its rhythm.

A man can leave
this earth

and take nothing
—not even

longing—along
with him.

by Todd Boss

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