Friday, April 8, 2016

A Month of Favorite Poetry, Day #7

Sometimes I have my own love-hate relationship with poetry, I'll admit it.  There's days when I long to write and no words come.  I sit, pen poised and not one iota of inspiration lights the page.  

Then, just as in this poem, sometimes when I'm showering.  Or when I'm languishing in my fleece blankets on some late morning, the words will arrive.  Without warning and with bells on...they fly into my head, demanding to be written.

I Said to Poetry
by Alice Walker

I said to Poetry:  "I'm finished
with you."
Having to almost die
before some weird light
comes creeping through
is no fun.
"No thank you, Creation,
no muse need apply.
I'm out for good times-
at the very least,
some painless convention."

Poetry laid back
and played dead
until this morning.
I wasn't sad or anything,
only restless.

Poetry said: "You remember
the desert, and how glad you were
that you have an eye
to see it with?  You remember
that, if ever so slightly?"
I said:  "I didn't hear that.
Besides, it's five o'clock in the a.m.
I'm not getting up
in the dark
to talk to you."

Poetry said:  "But think about the time
you saw the moon
over that small canyon
that you liked much better
than the grand one-- and how surprised you were
that moonlight was green
and you still had
one good eye
to see it with.

Think of that!"

"I'll join church?"  I said,
huffily, turning my face to the wall.
"I'll learn how to pray again!"

"Let me ask you," said Poetry.
"When you pray, what do you think
you'll see?"

Poetry had me.

"There's no paper
in this room,"  I said.
"And that new pen I bought
makes a funny noise."

"Bullshit," said Poetry.
"Bullshit," said I.

1 comment:

  1. great insightful conversation with your muse. sometimes this is a necessary conversation because there are many times, days sometimes, where vapidity sets in and nothing seems to be worthy of the pen.



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