by James Wright
(2) Sea Level
"A Blessing" is set in Minnesota, and most of Minnesota consists of flat prairie. Not surprisingly, there are no mountains featured in the poem, and there are no huge obstacles to comprehending the poem, either. Using familiar, conversational language, the speaker leads readers along the path of a simple story. Still, when you turn the final corner and reach the end of the path, an unexpected sight awaits you. That final vision just might lead you to reconsider everything else you saw along the way.