Monday, February 05, 2007

I Would Have

Mrs. X sent me these poems earlier in the year. If there had been some time when it would have been appropriate I would have read them.

At the Beach
by Kemal Ozer

The waves are erasing the footprints
Of those who are walking the beach

The wind is carrying away the words
Two people are saying to each other

But still they are walking the beach
Their feet making new footprints

Still the two are talking together
Finding new words

by Ronald Wallace


Some days I find myself
putting my foot in
the same stream twice;
leading a horse to water
and making him drink.
I have a clue.
I can see the forest
for the trees.
All around me people
are making silk purses
out of sow's ears,
getting blood from turnips,
building Rome in a day.
There's a business
like show business.
There's something new
under the sun.

Some days misery
no longer loves company;
it puts itself out of its.
There's rest for the weary.
There's turning back.
There are guarantees.
I can be serious.
I can mean that.
You can quite
put your finger on it.

Read them out loud when you have a chance. I think they're even better out loud.


  1. Anonymous2:24 PM

    Very nice. I think almost any poem--well, really any poem, is better heard than read.

  2. Anonymous5:52 PM

    I have to speak up here and say that I DON'T agree that every poem is better heard than read. I wonder if that's my Deaf Ed. background speaking, or just my thinking that poetry is really about the ineffable. I understand what you're both getting at here, I'm just not sure I"m convinced...

    Either way? The poems are lovely. I particularly like implications of the second one.

  3. I don't actually agree that ALL poetry is better out loud but I think these 2 happen to be better read aloud or signed. It's about emphasis and phrasing.

  4. Anonymous11:28 AM

    those are good ones. agree on the reading. i see you're managing to find time to blog even when the computer isn't home. yay.