Ode to Poetry

Every now and then I get this burning desire to read poetry. I'm no good at writing it, but I have a gigantic appreciation for people who can arrange words the way they can, to make something mundane sound so beautiful. Or who can put a different twist on objects, bringing them to life in ways I've never considered.

Like this:

"The good tree with its voice
Of a mountain stream
Knows my steps.
It, too, hushes.

I stop and listen:
Somewhere close by
A stone cracks a knuckle,
Another turns over in its sleep."
-from Summer Morning by Charles Simic

Stones cracking their knuckles? LOVE.

I especially love to read it out loud. I'll sit outside while my kids play and just let the words tumble over my tongue as I speak them (here I go getting poetic, lol):

"For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give--yes, or no, or maybe--
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep."
-from A Ritual to Read to Each Other by Willam Stafford

Billy Collins' poetry is fabulous also. LOVE his play on words and ability to describe things:

"You are so beautiful and I am a fool
to be in love with you
is a theme that keeps coming up
in songs and poems.
There seems to be no room for variation.
I have never heard anyone sing
I am so beautiful
and you are a fool to be in love with me,
even though this notion has surely
crossed the minds of women and men alike."
(....skipping to the end....)
"We are all so foolish, 
my long bebop solo begins by saying,
so damn foolish
we have become beautiful without even knowing it."
-From Nightclub 

Do you love poetry? What are some of your favorites, I'm always up for new poems!!

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination."
-From Wild Geese by Mary Oliver



Emily R. King said...

Beautiful poems! The Billy Collins one is great.

I'm not a huge fan of poetry. It really depends on the author.

Lindsay said...

I love this. Beautiful poetry.

Morgan said...

Gosh. Jealousy!

I'm totally envious of people who have the gift of poetry... don't you think it'd help a ton even with regular prose? These examples were gorgeous!

Andrew Leon said...

I did a series on poetry recently.

Weaver said...


Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm a lover and writer of poetry. Got paid for writing a few locally.

Erin L. Funk said...

These poems are beautiful! I'm a sucker for the romantic stuff, like Keats. Oh, and the fun poets, like Shel Sivlerstein. :)

S.P. Bowers said...

I've fallen in love with the poet Sara Teasdale.

L.T. Elliot said...

I think I've just found three new poets to investigate. I love words like that too--though I'm not always sure how to do that. How charming that you read them aloud, outside, to your kids. I should do more of that.

ilima said...

I'm like you, I love an appreciate poetry but can't write it to save my life. I'm using a Tennyson poem in my current WIP, so I've been reading his lately.

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