Poetry: Gary Snyder’s “The Uses of Light”

Today was National Poem in Your Pocket Day. I carried Gary Snyder’s “The Uses of Light” in my pocket.

Here is the poem from Snyder’s Pultizer Prize winning collection titled Turtle Island:

The Uses of Light

It warms my bones
say the stones

I take it into me and grow
Say the trees
Leaves above
Roots below

A vast vague white
Draws me out of the night
Says the moth in his flight–

Some things I smell
Some things I hear
And I see things move
Says the deer–

A high tower
on a wide plain.
If you climb up
One floor
You’ll see a thousand miles more.