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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Poetry for Supper

(Music by Jorge Luis Medina López, born 1955, Puerto
Rican artist)

“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.” ~ Plato (427?-347 B. C.), Greek philosopher, from The Republic


“Listen, now, verse should be as natural
As the small tuber that feeds on muck
And grows slowly from obtuse soil
To the white flower of immortal beauty.”

“Natural, hell! What was it Chaucer
Said once about the long toil
That goes like blood to the poem’s making?
Leave it to nature and the verse sprawls,
Limp as bindweed, if it break at all
Life’s iron crust. Man, you must sweat
And rhyme your guts taut, if you’d build
Your verse a ladder.”

“You speak as though
No sunlight ever surprised the mind
Groping on its cloudy path.”

“Sunlight’s a thing that needs a window
Before it enters a dark room.
Windows don’t happen.”

So two old poets,
Hunched at their beer in the low haze
Of an inn parlor, while the talk ran
Noisily by them, glib with prose.

~ R. S. Thomas (1913-2000), Welsh poet


Charles Van Gorkom said...

Poetry about poetry--so true to the dialectic--such a good choice for your post!

Thank-you! a real treasure.

Anonymous said...

wonderful poem, This reveals poetry is in the air, all about!
Mary V