Charles Reznikoff (Te Deum)

[Charles Reznikoff. Photo: Abraham Ravett]

TE DEUM

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

Not for victory
but for the day’s work done
as well as I was able,
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.

(Charles Reznikoff ( 1894-1976)

Hear Reznikoff reading this poem Рhere.  Hear other readings by Reznikoff  Рhere

Charles Reznikoff‘s birthday today. Our last year’s (2016) posting is a must-visit.

 

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