Once you become aware of something, you start seeing it everywhere. Since first writing about poets on poems, I seem to find suitable references wherever I look! I'll round out what has turned into a series with these four poets:
from Chantars No Pot Gaire Valer
It is worthless to write a line
if the song proceed not from the heart:
nor can the song come from the heart
if there is no love in it.
from Poetry is a Trestle
poetry is a trestle
spanning the distance between
what i feel
and what i say
poetry is motion graceful
as a fawn
gentle as a teardrop
strong like the eye
finding peace in a crowded room
William Carlos Williams
from The Desert Music
And I could not help thinking
of the wonders of the brain that
hears that music and of our
skill sometimes to record it.
And to finish up, a few lines from Dorothy Parker:
Say my love is easy had,
Say I'm bitten raw with pride,
Say I am too often sad--
Still behold me at your side.
Say I'm neither brave nor young,
Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue--
Still you have my heart to wear.
But say my verses do not scan,
And I get me another man!
This week's Round-Up is being held at Poetry for Children. Have a lovely 3-day weekend!
Photo by Jonathan Cohen.