"The Heights of Alma - The Day After the Battle" by Joseph-Austin Benwell‘Some Mornings’ by Jeffrey Essmann The Society August 6, 2022 Beauty, Poetry 11 Comments . Some Mornings Some mornings it’s just tough to find that place, That slippery perspective where I view The world as not entirely unbraced From all that’s good and beautiful and true. I can’t quite find my footing, all askew Within a landscape sadly out of line With all my inner maps, and can’t undo The sense of all things leaning toward decline. And yes, there’s hope of course, there’s always hope, For God has always helped and always will, And will provide us now the means to cope. I know this deep within my heart, but still Some mornings it’s as if I’ve only first Found out how much a human life can hurt. . . Jeffrey Essmann is an essayist and poet living in New York. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them Agape Review, America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review, U.S. Catholic, Grand Little Things, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, and various venues of the Benedictine monastery with which he is an oblate. He is editor of the Catholic Poetry Room page on the Integrated Catholic Life website. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. 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You’ve written exactly how I feel about today’s world. Reply Paul Freeman August 7, 2022 Ditto Joshua’s comment. I can really relate to this, especially when I factor all the youngsters who will be left to deal with our messes. Just a suggestion, but changing ‘leaning’ to ‘skewed’ in line 8 evens up the meter. Thanks for the read, Jeffrey. Reply Julian D. Woodruff August 7, 2022 Paul, it depends on how one reads “toward,” obviously. To me “skewed” has a pre-set, inevitable feel that speaks of either sheer hopelessness or of reliance on God as the only way out (and that is actually aside from the text of the poem), while “leaning,” while possibly creating a redundancy with “decline,” holds the thought that things have gotten especially bad lately (pick your date!), but that maybe we can do something about it. Reply Julian D. Woodruff August 7, 2022 Jeffrey, if this piece doesn’t get to the way we all feel some of the time, it certainly does so for me. (I just finished commenting to a friend on why it disturbed me too much to watch a performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto on YouTube with all the string players [except the soloist] masked–a small planet orbiting closely around the human malaise.) Reply Roy E. Peterson August 7, 2022 Jeffrey, your perfect phrase, “all things leaning to decline,” fits my perceptions of the sad modern world with the west going into decline. Well said. Reply Cynthia Erlandson August 7, 2022 Poignantly beautiful and relatable. Reply Norma Pain August 8, 2022 “Some Mornings” is very relatable for me, especially on just waking up, and until I re-realize how very fortunate I am. Perhaps while we sleep, our subconscious minds are processing all of the current troubles affecting the world and the futures of our children/grandchildren, and it can be overwhelming at times. Thank you for this very poignant poem Jeffrey. Reply Margaret Coats August 9, 2022 Jeffrey, this is a perfect sonnet, no consideration of disoriented misery left out, and nothing unnecessary brought in. The couplet is a most skillful one: “as if I’ve only first/Found out how much a human life can hurt.” Indeed, we find this out more than once if we are attuned to God’s ways, and each time is a new “morning” of desperate life that doesn’t, after all, despair. You have carefully worked out thought and words to give a necessarily nuanced Christian perspective. Reply ben August 9, 2022 Some mornings it’s just tough to find that place, 有些早晨很難找到那個地方， the reason i posted the above is because chinese is the oldest language in modern usage unfortunately communism has distorted it. the above is machine translation. in my chinese it reads have some morning very hard find flat 我看的那個滑溜溜的視角 i see that angle 世界並非完全沒有支撐 boundary not fate have Some mornings it’s just tough to find that place, That slippery perspective where I view The world as not entirely unembraced im not trying to be abstract. it doesn’t matter how much you understand, it’s true. knowing the world’s oldest language will clear up any language. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.