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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Best Thing in the World

Each Friday we provide the link to the blog that is hosting a celebration of poetry around the blogosphere. At that site you can find the links to the many other blogs that are posting poems (new and old), discussions of poems, and reviews of poetry books.

Enjoy the festivities!

The host this week is Karissa Knox Sorrell. You can visit her here at The Iris Chronicles.

(Summer Night by Piet Mondrian, 1872-1944, Dutch painter)

This is a good question for contemplation.


What’s the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain,
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Love, when, so, you’re loved again.
What’s the best thing in the world?
— Something out of it, I think.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), English poet


Charles Van Gorkom said...

Exactly! :-)

jama said...

Perfection :)!

violet said...

Apt thoughts, Maria! (and nice to read you're from Canada way back when...).

I see you're featuring my friend Charlie on your site. Good choice!

I must come and visit here again, as I do enjoy 'poem-a-day' sites. And I can use more of the "quiet contemplation" you are featuring in your February poems. I have added you to my Google reader list:)

Ruth said...


Tara said...

Lovely...and you are right, it gives one so much to contemplate upon.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Now I begin to reflect about what the best things in my world are.

"Love, when, so, you’re loved again.
What’s the best thing in the world?
— Something out of it, I think."

I wonder what is that which is out of love that will be and shall be (for always) the best thing in the world.

Summer Night is also a delight. :)