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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Another poem for April Poetry Month

How hard is this? a poem a day for National Poetry Month? (just a nice short one today...) the heart quilt square here created recently by my daughter--with my help-- for a friendship quilt.

by Marianne Moore

If you will tell me why the fen
appears impassable, I then
will tell you why I think that I
can get across if I try.


Maria Hyman said...

Aurora, how about this one by Jane Hirshfield:

There are days the whole house moves at a gallop,
Bookshelves and counters, bottles of aspirin and oil,
chairs, saucepans, and towels.

I can barely encircle the neck
of a bounding pen with my fingers
before it breaks free of their notions;
open the door before the dog
of lop-eared hopes leaps through it;
pick up the paper before it goes up as kindling.

Barely eat before something snatches
the toast from my plate,
drains the last mouthfuls of coffee out of my cup.

Even these words--
before the blue ink-track has dried on paper,
they've already been read
and agreed to or flung aside for others I don't yet know of,

and well before
I have dressed or brushed out the braid of my hair,
a woman with my own shadow
has showered and chosen her earrings, bought groceries
and fallen in love, grown tired, grown old.

Her braid in the mirror shines with new ribbons of silver,
like the mane of a heavy warhorse,
He stands in the silence as if after battle, sides heaving, spent.

Aurora said...

Thanks Maria--what a great poem!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the memory of dale dearmond. she was all of our personal librarian. we all read the same books. it is interesting how you also read Wendall Berry, are an artist, a mom, and that we are probably more like her than our own mothers! if it helps, she was 92 when she died, not 85. i remember juneau, dale, and mrs cameron, and sledding on starr hill. God bless us all! i got to your site looking for dale's juneau book. thank you thank you.