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Frost and Memories and Writing

Blog Posted:9/27/2022 1:46:00 PM

This blog was inspired by Elizabeth McCann's recent blog. The following is truly poetic prose much like those initial lines from Peyton Place but this is in poem form and one, if not my favorite, from Robert Frost. So much of what he wrote was simply "Down Home" thinking, though nothing is simple about the thoughts it creates. When we do things/experiences/emotions, no matter what age we are or were, it becomes forever imbedded within us----I've swung a birch years ago & we all have in one way or another. As poets, I think it's important for us to share those emotions in such a simple and unselfish way so that others might "swing" with us.

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Birches

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay
As ice-storms do. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load,
And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed
So low for long, they never right themselves:
You may see their trunks arching in the woods
Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground
Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair
Before them over their heads to dry in the sun.
But I was going to say when Truth broke in
With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm
I should prefer to have some boy bend them
As he went out and in to fetch the cows—
Some boy too far from town to learn baseball,
Whose only play was what he found himself,
Summer or winter, and could play alone.
One by one he subdued his father's trees
By riding them down over and over again
Until he took the stiffness out of them,
And not one but hung limp, not one was left
For him to conquer. He learned all there was
To learn about not launching out too soon
And so not carrying the tree away
Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise
To the top branches, climbing carefully
With the same pains you use to fill a cup
Up to the brim, and even above the brim.
Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish,
Kicking his way down through the air to the ground.
So was I once myself a swinger of birches.
And so I dream of going back to be.
It’s when I’m weary of considerations,
And life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig’s having lashed across it open.
I'd like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate willfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it's likely to go better.
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.

I must add btw that all the pointy headed analysis of this poem and most of his others is tedius at best---just enjoy it for what it means to you--that is what he, or any poet truly wants.



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Date: 9/29/2022 10:54:00 AM
This is the kind of poetry that speaks to me. Poems that fill me with such admiration in their simplicity and beauty. Robert Frost has always been an inspiration. Oh, what a gift it is to read, recite, absorb the poems he wrote,....sinking into the quiet moments that he paints with words.
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Date: 9/28/2022 5:06:00 PM
A joy to read Craig. Another wonderful Writer shared by you. Lovely Poetry to read. I would like to share a story written by Jack London. "To Build A Fire." One of my favorites I have ever read. You have probably read it already, but like poetry this story really reaches into the soul of a man trying to survive and Jack puts you inside that man as he is trying to keep from freezing. He takes you on a journey that you will carry in your mind and thoughts for a lifetime. That is how well he conveyed in writing this story of his. Like Robert Frost there is a special bond to the Poetry, an appreciation by the reader at the highest level of appreciation... Thank you again for sharing...
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craig cornish
Date: 10/3/2022 8:50:00 AM
Yes, that line about 70 below from "To Build a Fire" and another thing that stuck with me was when he built a fire under a tree, and it melted the snow which fell on the fire and extinguished it
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Date: 9/29/2022 11:30:00 AM
Wow! That is cold...
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craig cornish
Date: 9/29/2022 11:09:00 AM
One of my favorite short stories and perhaps one that has stuck with me the most through the years - things like "At 70 below zero your spit freezes before it hits the ground - if that doesn't describe cold - nothing will
Date: 9/28/2022 2:32:00 PM
Indeed, enjoyed it for what it is... very much. :o)
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Date: 9/28/2022 3:03:00 AM
I enjoy Robert Frost's work. He had a way with words, a way to tell a story in poetic form, and a way to draw the reader into the page. Sara
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