Jared Carter, “Promise”

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Water will be your solace now—
     not tears, not rain,
Not ocean wave, but rather how
     it can explain

The motion that makes each of us
     resemble dew—
That falls, and disappears, and trusts
     that on a new

And sun-filled morning, nothing will
     have changed: each trace,
Each droplet shining with a still,
     prismatic grace.


Jared Carter’s Darkened Rooms of Summer was the first book selected for the Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry Series and was published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. Carter lives in Indiana.


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