Monday, May 10, 2010

Poetry Lesson

And yet, we know something of bitterness—

This draining out of love in syllables
Teaches us, among other things, silence
And how to talk our way around it.

(My first published poem, Poetry Northwest, Winter 1970-71--going on forty and still teaching.)


  1. Wonderful! Does this qualify as a chestnut? No—it's still fresh and true, while a chestnut is true but no longer fresh. Whatever it is that's teaching you has been doing a damn good job for a long long time.

  2. I concur. And then some. This one's a diamond. Efharisto, Vassilis!

  3. What a wonderful start to a brilliant career. This one sends shivers up my spine.

  4. This poem proves that perfection is possible in art and life, and that it does, in fact, exist.

  5. Dear friends,

    Once again, your most thoughtful comments have left this "old" nut speechless. Thank you so much for your generosity.


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