Friday, April 04, 2008

Love Poem

if i love You
if i love You
(thickness means
worlds inhabited by roamingly
stern bright faeries

if you love
me) distance is mind carefully
luminous with innumerable gnomes
Of complete dream

if we love each (shyly)
other, what clouds do or Silently
Flowers resembles beauty
less than our breathing

e.e. cummings

I'm celebrating National Poetry Month, and you should, too.
What's a poem that inspires you?


Mrs. said...


The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

~ Gerard Manley Hopkins ~

brandy said...

Funeral Blues by Auden
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

Anything by Shel Silverstein and a poem titled "Casey at the Bat" that I learned in grade 6 and is forever stamped into my head. It used to be annoying, but now it's a great party trick to recite it after 6 beers. It's quite long so I do get a lot of applause when I finish. Or maybe I get the applause just because I shut up??

Anyway, what a neat idea for a post. I'm celebrating Poetry Month in the classroom, but something tells me my 8 year olds aren't ready for Funeral Blues!