Friday, March 18, 2011
Because I was too busy yesterday to get a second St. Patrick's day post up using Atticus' pick of the day, I'm using it now. Thus, a multi-tasking poem from Marianne Moore. It works for St. Patrick's Day, for Poetry Friday, for wit, aching irony, and the bit of genetic memory that I feel for all things North Atlantic.
Some of my favorite stanzas are below, and you can find the entire poem here, at Poets.org.
by Marianne Moore
has not altered; --
a place as kind as it is green,
the greenest place I've never seen.
the fairies, befriending the furies,
and again says, "I'll never give in," never sees
that you're not free
until you've been made captive by
... like the purple-coral fuchsia-tree's. Eire--
so neat and the hen
of the heath and the
linnet spinet-sweet-bespeak relentlessness? Then
they are to me
like enchanted Earl Gerald who
changed himself into a stag, to
a great green-eyed cat of
the mountain. Discommodity makes
them invisible; they've dis-
appeared. The Irish say your trouble is their
trouble and your
joy their joy? I wish
I could believe it;
I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish.
The Poetry Friday round up is at A Wrung Sponge.