Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Amid the Stubble and the Stones, Amazed, a Small Worm Lisped to Me the Song of My Marrow-Bones

I was going to write that I'm not really as melodramatic in real life as I am as a pathetic pseudonymous yodeler onblog, but then I remembered the poem posted below, rediscovered looking for another like poem, so anti-SHAZAM! yo.

Also, busy, so I steal from my own comments: I'm dreading Planet away, but I'm not dreading the opportunities she will have at school or the opportunities we'll have with more time. Planet's freaking about being there, I'm freaking out, Earthgirl's freaking out, in two, three weeks, it'll still be weird but it will be fine.

Yes, I know melodrama is a coagulant, clotting doing anything unless everything can be accomplished. I'm working on it, and now I'll have more time.


Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.

I stood in the disenchanted field
Amid the stubble and the stones,
Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
The song of my marrow-bones.

Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was over.

Already the iron door of the north
Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
Order their populations forth,
And a cruel wind blows.


  1. I'm not really as melodramatic in real life as I am as a pathetic pseudonymous yodeler onblog

    Multifaceted. In matters abstract? Yeah. Yeah, you often are. In fact, when it comes to the abstract, you're a fucking princess. It's why I've been screaming at you for 40 fucking years. Well, that, and I've been a fucking bitter teenage girl for 40 fucking years. Chickens, eggs, whatever.

    Not that I say this without love.

    In more concrete discussions, in which reality can be observed, discerned, agreed? No, not at all.

    This has been a public service announcement.

  2. And I appreciate it Bitter Princess.

    (Yes, I know I will die. But I will be joyful.)