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Poeticness? Poeticism? Poemnity? Poetry.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A friend of mine just got a tattoo of a line from her favorite poem on her foot. I'd never heard of this poet or this piece before...but, as I read it, I thought to myself, "Geez...could this be more perfect for SparkPeople????" So, I thought I'd post and share it here.



The Layers
BY STANLEY KUNITZ

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face,
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.
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JAXMOMMY 7/24/2012 11:57AM

    Thank you for sharing! It does fit our journey!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/24/2012 8:59AM

    Wow, what a beautiful poem and you're so right - it's PERFECT for us here on SP! Thank you for sharing.

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SNOWYOGA 7/23/2012 10:04PM

    Sorry I was late, but this was great! Thanks for sharing

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DATMAMA4 7/22/2012 11:41PM

    Excellent poem! Thanks for sharing.

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CINDYSDAY 7/22/2012 5:20PM

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4RASCALS 7/22/2012 5:09PM

    Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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LINDAK25 7/22/2012 3:31PM

    And I am not done with my changes, as well.

Thanks.

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JEANNETTE59 7/22/2012 3:11PM

  Brilliant.....thanks so much for sharing.

Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 3:13:23 PM

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KBRADFORD88 7/22/2012 1:47PM

    What line did she have as her tatoo?

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GARDENSFORLIFE 7/22/2012 10:59AM

    Thanks for passing on this poem.
As always, great posting! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 7/22/2012 10:53AM

    Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?

I'm guessing she chose one of these lines.

Thank you for sharing this poem.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 7/22/2012 10:23AM

    Wonderful poem. Thank you!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/22/2012 10:21AM

    Beautiful poem. What line did your friend choose to tattoo?

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DIANNEMT 7/22/2012 8:33AM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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MILLEDGE2 7/22/2012 8:11AM

    Perfect! I pasted this into a file of poems which inspire me. I will try to keep that last line in my mind all day. emoticon

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MOMMARUNNER77 7/22/2012 7:49AM

    great poem

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MARATHONDAD 7/22/2012 7:38AM

    great poem

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/22/2012 5:58AM

    Thank you for sharing this excellent poem. I love poetry because it helps us to look inside ourselves and see things from a different perspective. This poem is very enlightening!

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REGILIEH 7/22/2012 4:42AM

    TY!!!

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LORELLELAURA 7/22/2012 4:01AM

    Thanks for posting!
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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/22/2012 1:08AM

    .... "I am not done with my changes."

Awesome!
Me neither!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/22/2012 12:29AM

    Thank you for sharing and providing inspiration as always.

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JENNNY135 7/21/2012 11:37PM

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/21/2012 11:05PM

    I happen to like the poem that I wrote for you...
But this is nice, as well!
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JENNCABA 7/21/2012 10:21PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing emoticon

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LITTLEROX20 7/21/2012 10:19PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/21/2012 10:15PM

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EJENKINSB 7/21/2012 9:58PM

    VERY fitting for Sparkpeople!!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/21/2012 9:52PM

    WOW, that really is completely appropriate for this site, thanks for sharing. Very profound,

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VCRUMP11 7/21/2012 9:50PM

    Don't stop posting! I love being inspired by your journey. Thanks -

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LILLI56 7/21/2012 9:46PM

    Getting a poem tattooed on your foot must be the newest thing.
A friend's daughter just had one from Wizard of oz put on her foot. I do like this poem, just not having it attached to my body. I have never heard of Kunitz either

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COCK-ROBIN 7/21/2012 9:46PM

    Great poem! Thanks for sharing.

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