On reading James Schuyler

On reading James Schuyler

There’s a lot to be learnt
from reading a poem
by James Schuyler
just as there is
from looking at
a blue shadow painting

The gift is
to look at the world
freshly and free of cliché

to look
with a good eye
and to listen
with a good ear

to devour life
with the senses
let it all flood in
and cherish
every experience

Nobody lives for ever
it’s a shame
but get over it
get on with it
and love it

John Lyons