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new favorite poem


This, if Japanese,
Would represent grey boulders
Walloped by rough seas

So that, here or there,
The balked water tossed its froth
Straight into the air.

Here, where things are what
They are, it is thyme blooming,
Rocks, and nothing but--

Having, nonetheless,
Many small leaves implicit,
A green countlessness.

Crouching down, peering
Into perplexed recesses,
You find a clearing

Occupied by sun
Where, along prone, rachitic
Branches, one by one,

Pale stems arise, squared
In the manner of Mentha
The oblong leaves paired.

One branch, in ending,
Lifts a little and begets
A straight-ascending

Spike, whorled with fine blue
Or purple trumpets, banked in
The leaf-axils. You

Are lost now in dense
Fact, fact which one might have thought
Hidden from the sense,

Blinking at detail
Peppery as this fragrance,
Lost to proper scale

As, in the motion
Of striped fins, a bathysphere
Forgets the ocean.

It makes the craned head
Spin. Unfathomed thyme! The world's
A dream, Basho said,

Not because that dream's
A falsehood, but because it's
Truer than it seems.
--Richard Wilbur, from Walking to Sleep (1969)

I was going to accompany this with photographs but then realized that my pictures can't do justice to the images in the words.
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paulizzlefoshiz From: paulizzlefoshiz Date: January 26th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that haiku or just writing? (i dont remember anything bout poems)
mcjenzington From: mcjenzington Date: January 26th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
paulizzlefoshiz From: paulizzlefoshiz Date: January 26th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gawd I rock
michema From: michema Date: January 26th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
mcjenzington From: mcjenzington Date: January 27th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
The first line has five.
Next line, seven syllables.
Last one's five again.
bokothechicobo From: bokothechicobo Date: January 27th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
You just think you're so clever and cool, don't you?
spidercrabs From: spidercrabs Date: January 27th, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

this may be unnecessarily harsh, but:

It's true!! I don't see anyone making you a livejournal fan community.
mcjenzington From: mcjenzington Date: January 27th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: this may be unnecessarily harsh, but:



Jamie is alright.
michema From: michema Date: January 27th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
And because no one has actually commented on the poetry itself, I have to say that this is beautiful. But you knew that.

"Unfathomed thyme"? Brilliant.
rosiposi From: rosiposi Date: January 27th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
rhyming haiku? I think that may be against the rules.
However, fuck the rules, it's very lovely.
fourth_turn From: fourth_turn Date: January 27th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
does the fact that it rhymes not make it that much more astounding?
From: 4moreminutes Date: February 14th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What was your old favorite poem?
moshmont From: moshmont Date: February 14th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, I really only have favorite poems in the same sense that I have favorite bands. Which means "favorite" is a horrible cliche. Most of them are in your book though.
Here's my favorite for today:

a coat

I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries,
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world's eyes
As though they'd wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there's more enterprise
In walking naked.
From: 4moreminutes Date: February 14th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeats is a slut.


Ok. Not really.

But yeah, that's a nice one.

I want to send you musics. Get online someday.

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