The Invocation

The old man precisely paced the vast steps
of the monument in Shanghai
slapping his own arms in a rhythm just so
and singing a high lonely prayer
of clouds and the river and the mountain gorge
until the singer and his song faded into the night
and the gathering of rain


About Barry Brummett

Barry Brummett is a professor at the University of Texas-Austin. Writing poetry has been an important activity for him in, as the critic Kenneth Burke said, getting things placed. He has published several poems in the Austin International Poetry Festival’s anthology, Di-verse-city, in some online publications such as The Pedestal and Wazee, and in some small and obscure print journals here and there.
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