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Bloggers PhotoRetired from the printing business in 2011...now happily living in Ponchatoula, LA close to my wonderful (and enormous) family. I have three beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who I spoil rotten because that's my job. The bio picture is me with my oldest grandaughter, Dixie.
My goal is to write a halfway decent poem sometime...My favorite poets are Robert Frost, Edward Arlington Robinson and Wallace Stevens...I have read everything John Steinbeck ever wrote at least three times

Well, Here I Go Again - Your Favorite Poem or Poems


Blog Posted:5/19/2013 11:20:00 AM

I posted a blog earlier asking who your favorite poet or poets were. This time around I would like to ask: What is your favorite poem or poems?  Below are three of mine…Thanks for reading and for your participation
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NOT IDEAS ABOUT THE THING BUT THE THING ITSELF 
By Wallace Stevens
 

At the earliest ending of winter,
In March, a scrawny cry from outside
Seemed like a sound in his mind.

He knew that he heard it,
A bird's cry at daylight or before,
In the early March wind.
 
The sun was rising at six,
No longer a battered panache above snow . . .
It would have been outside.

It was not from the vast ventriloquism
Of sleep's faded paper mâché . . .
The sun was coming from outside.

That scrawny cry—it was
A chorister whose C preceded the choir.
It was part of the colossal sun,

Surrounded by its choral rings,
Still far away. It was like
A new knowledge of reality. 

NO POSSUM, NO SOP, NO TATERS

By Wallace Stevens


He is not here, the old sun,
As absent as if we were asleep.

The field is frozen. The leaves are dry.
Bad is final in this light.

In this bleak air the broken stalks
Have arms without hands. They have trunks

Without legs or, for that, without heads.
They have heads in which a captive cry

Is merely the moving of a tongue.
Snow sparkles like eyesight falling to earth,

Like seeing fallen brightly away.
The leaves hop, scraping on the ground

It is deep January. The sky is hard.
The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.

It is in this solitude, a syllable,
Out of these gawky flitterings,

Intones its single emptiness,
The savagest hollow of winter-sound.

It is here, in this bad, that we reach
The last purity of the knowledge of good.

The crow looks rusty as he rises up.
Bright is the malice in his eye...

One joins him there for company,
But at a distance, in another tree.

CREDO
By Edward Arlington Robinson

I cannot find my way: there is no star
In all the shrouded heavens anywhere;
And there is not a whisper in the air
Of any living voice but one so far
That I can hear it only as a bar
Of lost, imperial music, played when fair
And angel fingers wove, and unaware,
Dead leaves to garlands where no roses are.

No, there is not a glimmer, nor a call,
For one that welcomes, welcomes when he fears,
The black and awful chaos of the night;
For through it all--above, beyond it all--
I know the far sent message of the years,
I feel the coming glory of the light.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:13:00 PM
    Walking Asleep Green as I would have you be. Green wind. Green boughs. The boat on the sea And the horse on the mountain. With shadow around her waist She is dreaming at her railing, Green flesh, green hair, Eyes of frozen silver. Green as I would have you be. Under the gypsy moon, Things are watching her, Things she cannot see. Green as I would have you be. Great stars of hoar-frost Come with the shadowy fish That opens the road of dawn. The fig-tree rubs the wind On its abrasive boughs; The mountain, catamount, Thrusts out her sharpened thorns. Who's coming? By what road? She lingers at her railing, Green flesh, green hair, Dreams of the bitter sea.

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/20/2013 11:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There is not enough space to post all this so you can search to find the complete poem. You will see excerpts above and below but I think they got out of sequence.from "The Gypsy Ballads of Garcia Lorca" translated by Rolfe Humphries Indiana University Press, 1953
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/20/2013 11:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "Old man, I'd like to change My pony for your house, My saddle for your mirror, My dagger for your blanket. Old man, I come bleeding From Cabra's mountain passes." "If I could, my lad, We might strike a bargain, But I hardly know who I am, Nor is my house my own." "Old man, I'd like to die Decently in my bed Of steel, if that could be, Between the linen sheets. My wound,--or don't you see?-- Reaches from chest to throat." "Three hundred crimson roses Stain your shirt red; The blood smells and oozes Around the swathing bands. But I hardly know who I am, Nor is my house my own."
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:08:00 PM
    Rainer marie Rilke -from The First Elegy True, it is strange to inhabit the earth no longer,to use no longer customs scarcely acquired, not to interpret roses, and other things that promise so much, in terms of a human future; to be no longer all that one used to be in endlessly anxious hands, and to lay aside even one's proper name like a broken toy. Strange, not to go on wishing one's wishes. Strange to see all that once was relation so loosely fluttering hither and thither in space. And it's hard, being dead, and full of retrieving before one begins to espy a trace of eternity

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/20/2013 11:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    .-Yes, but all of the living make the mistake of drawing too sharp distinctions. Angels, (they say) are often unable to tell whether they move among the living or dead. The eternal torrent whirls all the ages through either realm for ever,and sounds above their voices in both. translated by J.B. Leishman and Stephen Spender
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:46:00 AM
    "You never can tell what a thought can do, In bringing you hate or love; For thoughts ARE things, and their airy wings, Are swifter than carrier dove. They follow the law of the universe, Each thing creates its kind, And they speed o'er the track to bring you back, Whatever went out from your mind." Ella Wheeler Wilcox One of my favs! :)

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  1. Date: 5/19/2013 2:49:00 PM
    Tim, I like the poem Credo... very light... Linda

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  1. Date: 5/19/2013 2:26:00 PM
    "The Highwayman" by Noyes and "The Lady of Shalott" by Tennyson are my all-time faves. I really like the ones you posted here - especially that last one.

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  1. Date: 5/19/2013 12:14:00 PM
    I think I liked the last one of these three the best but all very good poems. I think I will have to go back and look. I know the ones that can bring emotion to my heart are the ones I tend to favor

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9/9/2014Oh Like That Is SO GrossEpigramfunny,
9/7/2014Well I Declare How Much I Despise Corny CommercialsLight Poetryangst,nonsense,
9/7/2014Time to Move On -Chokabereavement,son,
9/5/2014Autumn ButterflyVerseautumn,nature,
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9/3/2014Silly Blind AntNarrativegod,lost,
9/3/2014I Repent, I Repent of My Sins -Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)forgiveness,god,
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8/24/2014Dying DailyTankafaith,hope,
8/19/2014Occasional SnowNarrativenostalgia,snow,
8/19/2014Footles for the Birds and the BeastsFootleanimal,funny,
8/17/2014Comments By the Sonnet Queen of the Soup:Chokafor her,friendship,
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DearestRhymedevotion,faith,mother,upl
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Causalities of WarElegydeath,war,
Christmas Miracle in the Ghetto (Co-written with John Moses Freeman)Narrativefamily,holiday,hope,uplif
Philidelphia Free verseheart,music,
A Boston Tea Party PreludeFree verselost lovehusband,husband,
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I want your SEEDSFree verseadventure,funny,old,
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ON THE ROCKSRhymehumorous,
Tissue BoxFree versedaughter,grief,loss,words
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ButterfliesRhymeloss,love,
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Indian InkDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)abuse,autumn,death,deep,f
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