Sunday, November 7, 2010

Two Poems I Discovered Last Week

My doodled dragonfly tree


ENOUGH
by Jeffrey Harrison

It's a gift, this cloudless November morning
warm enough for you to walk without a jacket
along your favorite path. The rhythmic shushing
of your feet through fallen leaves should be
enough to quiet the mind, so it surprises you
when you catch yourself telling off your boss
for a decade of accumulated injustices,
all the things you've never said circling inside you.

It's the rising wind that pulls you out of it,
and you look up to see a cloud of leaves
swirling in sunlight, flickering against the blue
and rising above the treetops, as if the whole day
were sighing, Let it go, let it go,
for this moment at least, let it all go.

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Witch-Wife

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

She is neither pink nor pale,
and she never will be all mine;
she learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
and her mouth on a valentine.

She has more hair than she needs;
in the sun 'tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.

She loves me all that she can,
and her ways to my ways resign;
but she was not made for any man,
and she never will be all mine.

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10 comments:

Woman in a Window said...

The natural world has that power, doesn't it, to help one let it all go like that. It is odd and simple, and yet I too often forget. And then when I find myself there again easily letting go, I think, what a twit, and thank you.

Enough. I like this one especially.

Your picture is light and fun, Marion. Your spirit.

xo
erin

GYPSYWOMAN said...

great post, lady marion - love the millay - but who doesn't! ;) and your print is fantastic and as erin says, has your spirit! beautiful!

Kelly said...

I LOVE your dragonfly tree!!!

audrey said...

Marion, I like the poems ~ especially "Enough". So true! In these troubled busy lives we lead, it is hard to empty our mind and just enjoy "being with nature" for a little while.
Your dragonfly sketch is WONDERFUL!!
♥ audrey

Kay said...

OH MY! what lovely finds, indeed! to pick between the two, uh-uh-- they belong there together...

must read again. :)

Thank you!

Eric Alder said...

I'd love to tell off my boss... but it's only been 7 years so far. (Maybe in 2013)

I've read "Witch-Wife" before, intrigued with the yin-yang quality of this 'love' poem. There was often an underlying sadness in her work, even the happiest ones.

Your drawing is very nice... it reminds me of a Chinese painting.

Phoenix said...

"Enough" was exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, what I needed today.

Thank you.

Serena said...

Beautiful poetry choices, Marion. And I LOVE your doodled tree. I agree with Eric that it has the quality of a fine Chinese watercolor.xox

Terresa said...

Lovely poems, both, especially the Witch-Wife by Millay, haunting, alluring.

Rick said...

Marion
I wasn't crazy bout the first one cuz it's too much like me.
and the second one?
I know her
and yet I don't
but the poet speaks truth
Love~rick