All posts tagged: Poem

Closer look

Take a closer look. Behind the dusty facades, magical worlds unfold. Flecks of dust dance in slanted rays. Light illuminates slices of the interior, moving from left to right. This magical world exists undisturbed and in silence. Hold your breath. Be truly present. You will hear the faint whispers from faraway. They bear witness of extraordinary happenings. Pain. Sorrow. Death. Birth. Joy. Love. Go ahead, step inside. Feel the wooden floor creak beneath your soles. Run your fingers over the spines, holding worlds together, until you make your choice. Take a closer look, and delve into a magical world.  

L. M. Montgomery

She was a prolific writer, writing 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays, and still Lucy Maud Montgomery is accredited with commenting that she had yet to produce her greatest work. L.M. Montgomery was born in 1874, and grew up with her maternal grandparents. She attained a teaching certificate and taught at different island school. Teaching was never her calling, but it affording her the opportunity to write. She wrote “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908 and it was an instant success. L.M. Montgomery was a beautiful woman and had a number of suitors, but did not marry until 1911 after a five-year engagement. Her husband was Ewen Macdonald, a minister. The life of a married woman did not fit L. M. Montgomery. She had bouts of depression, from which she recovered through storytelling. She continued to write until her death in 1942. At the time, it was said that she died of natural causes, but she left a cryptic note that could be read as a suicide note, but of course, …

The Albatross – Charles Baudelaire

Dear Monsieur Baudelaire, Have you ever seen an albatross? Perhaps on your voyage to Calcutta, India in 1841? Have you ever watched the seamen mock the “monarch of the clouds” on deck? I have to tell you that I love this poem. It is short and conquerable with its four stanzas and yet the imagery, action, and sentiment are so alive, so primal in a way, and so deep. Strike “so deep”. It sounds like I am sitting here with a sweatband, a joint, and a peace sign. An albatross is designed to soar the same way the hydrodynamic penguin is designed to dart through water. The difference between the two is that penguin looks cute on land, wobbling forward with tiny steps, while the albatross is comical on land. They are each sovereign in their element, but out of it, they are awkward. I believe that one of your points is that the albatross has done nothing to deserve or place itself in its present situation – on the deck of an ocean-going vessel. …

Consecration – Charles Baudelaire

Dear Monsieur Baudelaire, I have now read your poem “Consecration” and my first reaction is “oh dear”. At first, I thought you i.e. the poet in the poem, bitter and angry, but reaching the last four stanzas, I understand that you believe in your work, your poetry. “Consecration” is a hard title. You do not repeat the term in the poem and it is one of those words with a substantial meaning and weight, so forgive me for glancing at a dictionary. Consecration: noun The act of consecrating; dedication to the service and worship of a deity. The act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. Ordination to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate. I believe that it is the poet, who is consecrated, despite the lack of support from his mother and wife. Were you ever married, Monsieur? I think not as I have not found it mentioned. However, I understand that your mother (and the rest of your family) were …

Acquainted with the night – Robert Frost

”I have been one acquainted with the night.” Just that first line gives me that chills. “Acquainted with the night” by Robert Frost is my favorite poem. I would never be able to pinpoint a novel as my favorite, but since I first heard this poem at the age of 10, I have loved it, felt it, and even lived it as times. Did you notice I heard it the first time? Remember the 1980s series of Beauty and the Beast starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman? My father gave me the soundtrack to the series, and it consists of these beautiful instrumental pieces and Ron Perlman reading sonnets and poems. His voice is amazing! I believe I know all the featured sonnets and poems by heart, but “Acquainted with the night” was special for me. The first image is a person, walking through the city streets at night – alone. The loneliness of the poem is exquisite; it is a defensive maneuver and an observant retreat at the same time. By adding time to …