Steve Carter

Act One

The Poem


"not to act for fear of failure - that is the greatest mistake"


today the air stings

as it should

this time of year

I was glad of the chance

the chore of getting

the Sunday paper

(all the time watching myself

my words)

limited by my technique

yet it is just that

that precipitates


to care only

about awareness

or if possible

not even that

yes not even that

but only that


is better

than to want and



who is it for?



and no other

(the silence in the temple room

the chapel organ music



the ability to be alone


an art dearly come by


- Steve Carter (1970)


Last Update: 08/06/97