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National Poetry Day

Here is a poem to celebrate

(I think it might be British National Poetry Day, but I love poetry anyway, so let's celebrate!)

These poems she said

These poems, these poems,
these poems, she said, are poems
with no love in them. These are the poems of a man
who would leave his wife and child because
they made noise in his study. These are the poems
of a man who would murder his mother to claim
the inheritance. These are the poems of a man
like Plato, she said, meaning something I did not
comprehend but which nevertheless
offended me. These are the poems of a man
who would rather sleep with himself than with women,
she said. These are the poems of a man
with eyes like a drawknife, with hands like a pickpocket's
hands, woven of water and logic
and hunger, with no strand of love in them. These
poems are as heartless as birdsong, as unmeant
as elm leaves, which if they love love only
the wide blue sky and the air and the idea
of elm leaves. Self-love is an ending, she said,
and not a beginning. Love means love
of the thing sung, not of the song or the singing.
These poems, she said. . . .
You are, he said,
That is not love, she said rightly.

Robert Bringhurst



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 6th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
Lovely! That made me laugh. Thank you.
Oct. 6th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
It's like.. Random Acts of Poetry week too.. from like the 2-8th.. could have people reading poems to you in weird locations. I've only had it happen in a class so far. But one of my other classmates was "poemed" at the grocery store. Kinda cool.
Oct. 6th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of random acts of poetry. Kelly Pitman has been posting poems around the department in odd places, which I think is very cool. I've been trying to get a "poem of the month" up on the English page in our college webpage, but the webmaster is a fascist and won't cooperate, at least not in a way that's any particular USE (it's so deeply buried that noone would ever find it).
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