Thursday, March 5, 2009

Poem Thursday - Lucky You

You are so lucky it's Poem Thursday or you would be hearing about how D6 is home sick AGAIN. Three days last week with a cold/cough/fever. This morning he threw up.

Oh, I wasn't going to tell you about that.

So I'm in a Mary Oliver/Billy Collins/Pablo Neruda rut.

If anyone has some suggestions of other poets I should read please let me know.

But for today -- Mary Oliver. This one is from Thirst.

A Pretty Song

From the complications of loving you
I think there is no end or return.
No answer, no coming out of it.

Which is the only way to love, isn't it?
This isn't a playground, this is
earth, our heaven, for a while.

Therefore I have given precedence
to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods
that hold you in the center of my world.

And I say to my body: grow thinner still.
And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song.
And I say to my heart: rave on.


AnastasiaSpeaks said...

I like it..."our heaven, for a while" that is the feeling of total engrossed passion.

I really enjoy poems about this subject!

I hope your son feels better soon. :)

The Finely Tuned Woman said...

A lovely poem even though I scorn romance in my own life. It's okay for other people I suppose. At least it's a good subject for poetry and makes good reading, if you are willing to take it with a grain of salt, or a whole shaker full, which is how I take it. Lovely poem, nevertheless and a pleasure to read. Do you really do a poem every Thursday? Are they always about love? Neruda wallows in his.

Louise said...

I hope the recent sickness is only 24 hours(or less). Poor you!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Mary Oliver is a fine poet. I always enjoy her work.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I like this poem! Never heard of Mary Oliver before. Thanks for introducing us.

I came over to see you after you spoke up at Mama Milton's. I like her too.

Happy Thursday!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

If you have to be in a rut, that's a great rut to be in.

Suzie said...

Nothing like starting out the day with puke

Jennifer H said...

How did I not see this before now?

I love this poem. Beautiful. First time reading it.

JCK said...

I love it when you share these poems.

I'm currently giving precedence to my sullen, dark moods...

Cha Cha said...

Oh - I love this! Thanks for sharing!

apathy lounge said...

Lovely poem!!

Midwest Mommy said...

Wonderful poem.

phd in yogurtry said...

ahh.. my kind of poem.

when it comes to my heart, "rave on" is all I can do. never was very good at stilling my beating heart.

JCK said...


Hope the beach was great!