A Wild Patience

The title of Adrienne Rich's collection A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far (Poems 1978-1981) comes from her poem "Integrity". The poem begins with a definition of integrity: "the quality of being complete; unbroken condition; entirety".


The light is critical: of me, of this long-dreamed, involuntary landing on the arm of an inland sea. The glitter of the shoal depleting into shadow I recognize: the stand of pines violet-black really, green in the old postcard but really I have nothing but myself to go by; nothing stands in the realm of pure necessity except what my hands can hold.