Monday, January 29, 2007

Other People's Words For When I'm Few and Far Between

A Blessing by James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

The Second Coming
by W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


Jenn said...

Cohesion or chaos?

Take your pick.

part-time buddha said...


Secret Rapture said...


I hit the wrong button, and messed up your page!!

Very sorry!! I hope it won't be to much trouble for you to get my post off!!

Jackie said...

Jenn, I've never heard using the expression 'when I'm few and far between' in this context, but if I'm correct in how I'm understanding how you are using it, I think it fits! I think I like that. (Did you follow that at all?)

goldennib said...

I find that a very appropriate saying.

john calica said...

Hey hey, what's up with you? Hope you're doing okay :)

Jenn said...

PTB: Both? I never knew how to accept duality. Still don't.

Secret Rapture: Whoa there!

Jackie: Hey! I'm glad you did. Sometimes words bubble up inside that seems like they hit the spot, even if they don't sense. Sort of.

Nessa: Thanks.

John: Am fine. Thanks for caring.