Friday, January 2, 2015

Poet Garden

For last year's words belong to last year's language
  And next year's words await another voice.
--- T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets


I'm going to put my hands to the earth this year -
pull the prairie grass,
bust the sod -
till the red dirt given to me by God
is bare.

Then I'll till it and turn it with my tongue,
search my book of seeds till I find the ones
right for my mix
of shade and sun,
and I'll plant them there.

Dante, Dickinson, Shakespeare, and Poe.
Oliver, Angelou, Collins, and Lowell.
Poets and poets,
row on row -
with proper care

they'll take root in my oil patch rhyme,
cross-pollinate,
hybridize,
and bloom new languages in my mind
if I dare

to listen.

For Susie's prompt at Real Toads

21 comments:

Poet Laundry said...

Excellent. I love it, MZ.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This blew me away!

Susie Clevenger said...

Wow! I love this. I too need to plant poets. :)

Björn Rudberg said...

There are great seeds to sow, just have the right soil.. I love this resolution...

Sioux said...

This is beyond brilliant. It should be in an anthology about writing and words, in-between Murray (Donald)and Alice Walker.

How in the he** do you do it? (I at least hope you toiled for hours and hours on this. If this came out--first draft fashion--just like this, let me know where you live so I can flatten a couple of your tires. ;)

Margaret said...

I "pinned" this on my Pinterest - just too good to "lose" track of. WOW - starting the year off with a bang.

Marion said...

I love you MZ! You've beautifully & skillfully married two of my favorite things: poetry & gardening. Happy 2015, sweet poet. May all your dreams come true this year. And thank you for your words which, many days, have quite literally held me to this earth. Blessings! xo

Yvonne Osborne said...

Very creative! I've always said that writing and gardening go together, feeding each other. Thanks for a look towards spring.

Kay L. Davies said...

You are a fabulous poet, no doubt about that. You can say more in a few words than I can in a year.
Oh, yes, and you're right about Dorothy Parker's reviews providing better reading than most books... she was brilliant.
I hope you have a wonderful 2015.
K

manicddaily said...

A great idea--oil patch rhyme is a great trope for your OK garden. Good luck and wonderful work. Take care, k.

georgeplaceblog said...

cross-pollinate,
hybridize,
and bloom new languages in my mind

Brilliant - you encourage me to do the same!

Kenn Merchant said...

I believe truly in the idea that all previous poets are the foundation upon which we build a wonderful evolution of the poetic world. We pass what we have to say from one person to the next, and the cycle seems to be never ending.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Do say that I can play in your garden. Please!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Whoa! This is seriously brilliant!

my heart's love songs said...

this is stunning, MZ!

Wolfsrosebud said...

a spunky post... don't forget the gloves... i enjoyed this

Gillena Cox said...

awesome write, so expertly crafted images

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much love...

Fireblossom said...

This is so cool.

Susan said...

O! Do DAre--what is planted by the tongue will inform and nurture that tingue powerfully. It already does.

grapeling said...

inspired ~

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