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April is National Poetry Month, Part 2

Friday, April 15, 2011

My dear Spark Friend VALERIEMAHA shared this wonderful poem with me and suggested I pass it along for National Poetry month, something I am delighted to do.
Read and enjoy.

By Ted Hughes

Because it is occasionally possible, just for brief moments,
to find the words that will unlock the doors of all those many mansions inside
the head and express something - perhaps not much, just something - of the crush of
information that presses in on us from the way a crow flies over
and the way a man walks and the look of a street and from what we did
one day a dozen years ago.

Words that will express something of the deep complexity that makes us
precisely the way we are, from the momentary effect of the barometer to the
force that created men distinct from trees.

Something of the inaudible music that moves us along in our bodies from
moment to moment like water in a river.

Something of the spirit of the snowflake in the water of the river.

Something of the duplicity and the relativity and the merely fleeting quality
of all this.

Something of the almighty importance of it and something of the utter

And when words can manage something of this, and manage it in a moment,
of time, and in that same moment, make out of it all the vital signature of a human being
- not of an atom, or of a geometrical diagram, or of a heap of lenses -
but a human being, we call it poetry.

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    This got my juices flowing . . . just like a thousand times when I'm flowing in a moment about to burst with understanding and awe. I rush to the computer, open a big beautiful stark white page and find absolutely nothing to say.

    This says it all.
    2467 days ago
    aaahhhhhh...poetry! emoticon
    2470 days ago
    A wonderful poem. I loved it. emoticon
    2472 days ago
    Hughes' conduct with Plath kept me from his poetry. Judgments. Abstraction made physical by words: crush, presses in, force...What a big and wonderful poem Thanks (Maha, too.)
    2472 days ago
    Nice. Thanks.
    2472 days ago
    Good one! Both my brother and niece are published poets but very different in style and subject matter. My niece is reading some of her poems on Sunday at a women's art assoc. where her poetry group has written poems about the women's paintings. Should be a good event. I like poetry that is inspiring or humorous or with nature themes but sometimes at the many poetry readings I attended thru the years the poems are sad or angry or are about broken love affairs. But I guess that's life too.
    2472 days ago
    Thanks for posting the poetry, I really enjoy them.
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