Month: June 2006

polyarchivist June 30, 2006

I recite this to myself, every time I am on an airplane. AN IRISH AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s […]

polyarchivist June 29, 2006

Sara Teasdale NIGHT Stars over snow And in the west a planet Swinging below a star– Look for a lovely thing and you will find it, It is not far– It will never be far.

polyarchivist June 28, 2006

LIFE’S TRAGEDY It may be misery not to sing at all And to go silent through the brimming day. It may be sorrow never to be loved, But deeper griefs than these beset the way. To have come near to sing the perfect song And only by a half-tone lost the key, There is the […]

polyarchivist June 23, 2006

Okay, so posting lyrics ventures dangerously close to Livejournal/Xanga/AIM profile territory. But this song gets me right here *Celine Dion-style chest-thunk* every time. Which to me is a sign of good poetry. Bruce Springsteen Thunder Road The screen door slams Mary’s dress waves Like a vision she dances across the porch As the radio plays […]

polyarchivist June 22, 2006

Prospective Immigrants Please Note Adrienne Rich Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name. Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen. If you do not go through it is possible […]

polyarchivist June 18, 2006

X Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright, Let temple burn, or flax; an equal light Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed: And love is fire. And when I say at need I love thee . . . mark! . . . I love thee—in thy […]

polyarchivist June 17, 2006

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow THE LIGHT OF STARS The night is come, but not too soon; And sinking silently, All silently, the little moon Drops down behind the sky. There is no light in earth or heaven But the cold light of stars; And the first watch of the night is given To the red planet […]

polyarchivist June 16, 2006

Acquainted with the Night Robert Frost I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain–and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. I […]

polyarchivist June 12, 2006

yours is the music for no instrument yours the preposterous colour unbeheld –mine the unbought contemptuous intent till this our flesh merely shall be excelled by speaking flower (if I have made songs it does not greatly matter to the sun, nor will rain care cautiously who prolongs unserious twilight) shadows have begun the hair’s […]

polyarchivist June 11, 2006

The Waking (1953) I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, and take my […]