Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A to Z : Becoming Domestic -Nicole Krauss

I am a participant in Arlee Bird's 2013 A to Z Challenge!  I am posting a poem for each letter of the alphabet.  Sometimes the poem will be prose, other times it might be an artistic rendition of the poem, or a reading by the poet... the possibilities are endless!  I hope you will be stopping by throughout the Month of April to check them out!

Becoming Domestic
Written by Nicole Krauss

A hundred million migrants roam the planet.
They kick up a soft dust, from space they appear
To be weather, a little storm the wind faithfully carries.

When it rains they lift their bowls to the sky.
They sleep with a rock under their heads.
At dawn they are the first to break the photographic stillness.

They have lost all sense of distance. A sort of arrival—late,
Under darkening skies, the smell of miles on your clothes—
A sort of arrival is needed to say how far you've traveled.

The crunch of gravel in the neighbor's driveway.
He will join the road with those other sedentary dreamers,
The unnumbered who've found a home just to leave it.

There is no good reason why night after night
I sleep here with you.
Only that the roof over our heads has not yet fallen.

Nicole Krauss is the author of one of the *most* *incredible* novels I have ever read- The History of Love (add it on Goodreads!)


  1. What a great idea for a theme for the A to Z. And what a thought-provoking poem. I'm looking forward to reading them all.Poetry needs to be kept alive and this is a great way of sharing.

  2. Oh very nice. So many worldly wanderers. I think many are content to keep wandering...

  3. Wow... excellent poem!

  4. Beautiful! What a great idea for a theme.


    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi


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