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Saffron:

Poem....wanted to share.....

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Still Morning by WS Merwin

It appears now that there is only one
age and it knows
nothing of age as the flying birds know
nothing of the air they are flying through
or of the day that bears them up
through themselves
and I am a child before there are words
arms are holding me up in a shadow
voices murmur in a shadow
as I watch one patch of sunlight moving
across the green carpet
in a building
gone long ago and all the voices
silent and each word they said in that time
silent now
while I go on seeing that patch of sunlight


(What do you think? Because this is the poem I most wish I had written!)

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A very beautiful, very moving piece of poetry. Thank you for sharing.


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Penelope,
I'm sure Saffron would respond to your posting, and if I can be so presumptuous, I believe she would like the poem a lot (as I do). Saffron has been employed in a house move for the last couple of weeks and I believe doesn't have her internet back up yet.



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Awesome piece of poetry! Thanks for sharing :)


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Penelope wrote:
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(What do you think? Because this is the poem I most wish I had written!)

Love Pen


I like it very much, so glad you started a new poetry thread! Sorry I haven't responded more quickly, as Will said I have been boxing and unboxing for nearly a month now. And part of the move involved being without internet for about 10 days. I will post you a W.S. Merwin poem -- one of my most favorite poems too, I might add.

Separation

Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.



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Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.


Ooooh lovely. That's almost like a Haiku??????? Haiku???? Is it Haiku??


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A friend just reminded me of a poem for which I have a particular affinity, Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by W.B. Yeats. From a very early age I was drawn to textiles. I was proficient at sewing and knitting by about 8 or 9. I do not remember the original reason or attraction, but by high school it was the colors and textures I found so pleasing. At some point in my late teens early twenties I thought textiles, in some form, would be my profession. Life took me to some other place, but I still find comfort and pleasure in cloth.

Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
W.B. Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.



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Beautiful, and following a hectic and rather unpleasant morning, reading this and conjuring up the picture soothed me. The images are spectacular. Thank you.


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Don Marquis:

I am mine own priest, and I shrive myself
Of all my wasted yesterdays. Though sin
And sloth and foolishness, and all ill weeds
Of error, evil, and neglect grow rank
And ugly there, I dare forgive myself
That error, sin, and sloth and foolishness.
God knows that yesterday I played the fool;
God knows that yesterday I played the knave;
But shall I therefore cloud this new dawn o’er
With fog of futile sighs and vain regrets?

This is another day! And flushed Hope walks
Adown the sunward slopes with golden shoon.
This is another day; and its young strength
Is laid upon the quivering hills until,
Like Egypt’s Memnon, they grow quick with song.
This is another day, and the bold world
Leaps up and grasps its light, and laughs, as leapt
Prometheus up and wrenched the fire from Zeus.

This is another day—are its eyes blurred
With maudlin grief for any wasted past?
A thousand thousand failures shall not daunt!
Let dust clasp dust; death, death—I am alive!
And out of all the dust and death of mine
Old selves I dare to lift a singing heart
And living faith; my spirit dares drink deep
Of the red mirth mantling in the cup of morn.


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Saffron wrote:
Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
W.B. Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

I never noted before the pattern of repetition in this poem , esp. at line ends. There is probably even a term for this, but I don't know it. It makes for a hypnotic effect.



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You would not believe how many words there are for the repetition of words depending on where in the sentence and in what form of writing the repete! Here is the closes I could find to the repetion in the Yeats poem.

Epistrophe is the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of every clause.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

And the link to the wiki page I found it on, along with the rest of the terms.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetition_(rhetorical_device)



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New book, new book -- at least to me! Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography.

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A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book and a Washington Post Best of 2008: “A book worthy of Keats—full of feeling and drama and those fleeting moments we call genius.”—Ted Genoways, Washington Post Book World John Keats’s famous epitaph—”Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water”—helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. In this close narrative study, Stanley Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality, an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, Posthumous Keats is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet—a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status. 7 illustrations.


http://astore.amazon.com/wapo-trial-recipeb-20/detail/0393337723



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I have another 'Must Share' for the New Year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pks0D2xBfI

Love from Penny
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I have another 'Must Share' for the New Year
Love from Penny
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Thanks, Penny. It is lovely!



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As some of you might have noticed, I have been reading and posting about Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. At the end of Chapter 10 she quotes the first line of Dylan Thomas' The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower. What a day I am having! The temps outside are under 30, the wind howls and I am warm and my mind well fed! Here is the poem.


The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.



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