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Because my mind is here

For Rabid and Mint: *this* is on my brain.



In a Dark Time

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree,
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.

What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall,
That place among the rocks--is it a cave,
Or winding path? The edge is what I have.


A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,
And in broad day the midnight come again!
A man goes far to find out what he is--
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.


Dark,dark my light, and darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.

Comments

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mintwitch
Apr. 5th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Too much thinking! This is definitely a 'contemplate in the morning' poem. Thanks for grabbing my attention ;-)
ariane5
Apr. 5th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
A man goes far to find out what he is--
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,


what he endured. an amazing man. one of my favorite poems.
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chrisjournal
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Chris, I really truly adore this...
Ooooh, it's national poetry month? That can only be of the good. I go trolling at bartleby.com when I need inspiration, but I went and deliberately got Roethke because he's a favorite, and it suited the mood I was in last night. I get huge echoes of Spike from reading his work, and you'd mentioned the poetry circle work you were doing. Et voila!

Rain on Dust I'm sure I've read -- been a long time, though... If I ever get off this conference call, I'll go check and see if I can figure out where I left off.
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chrisjournal
Apr. 6th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I do the bartleby.com trolling too...
Hmm. I never thought of it as using it to tweak...not a bad idea, though. I typically go hunting for a poem that addresses whatever theme I've dreamt up. It's also grand for looking up classics and refreshing on plot points...
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