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Jan. 22nd, 2027

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FRIENDS ONLY POST

So, it just occured to me after all of this time that, while my journal is friends only, I have never taken the time to note this on the page. So, if you would like to "friend" me and have me "friend" you in return, please just post a comment here and I will try to be accomodating. No promises, but generally, unless I already have a restraining order out against you, I'll be happy to add you to the flist *lol*

Cheers,
Few

Aug. 21st, 2010

Kristin

Poem

 

 

THIS is the end of all, and yet I strive
To fight for nothing, having nothing kept
Of loveliness that saved myself alive
Before this killing distillation crept.
Numbing my limbs, and stiffening my tongue
To clay, less vital than the salted thorn
Whereon a tyrant's banneret is hung
As scarecrow for a harvesting still-born:
And I am barren in a barren land,
But who so breaks me, I shall pierce his hand.

This much is true, that there were certain times,
Measured by minutes, with a blank between,
When our two courages could meet, and climb
Into the blue above the blowing green;
But now the lifted pasture is too high,
The shoal too deep, for such were noble graves;
In this unlighted kennel, where to die
Will not awaken hounds, nor anger slaves,
I shall advise me to prepare my couch;
Here it is dark; for more I may not vouch.

Elinor Wylie

Apr. 14th, 2009

Kristin

Voice Post

A friend suggested that I do another voice post, and since I have been on a poetry kick of late, a poem seemed the best choice. Although, Peanuts did suggest I read some really bad fanfic porn, just for laughs. We shall see.

This is one of my favorite Billy Collins poems, "The Art of Drowning", read below.

The Art Of Drowning


I wonder how it all got started, this business
about seeing your life flash before your eyes
while you drown, as if panic, or the act of submergence,
could startle time into such compression, crushing
decades in the vice of your desperate, final seconds.

After falling off a steamship or being swept away
in a rush of floodwaters, wouldn't you hope
for a more leisurely review, an invisible hand
turning the pages of an album of photographs-
you up on a pony or blowing out candles in a conic hat.

How about a short animated film, a slide presentation?
Your life expressed in an essay, or in one model photograph?
Wouldn't any form be better than this sudden flash?
Your whole existence going off in your face
in an eyebrow-singeing explosion of biography-
nothing like the three large volumes you envisioned.

Survivors would have us believe in a brilliance
here, some bolt of truth forking across the water,
an ultimate Light before all the lights go out,
dawning on you with all its megalithic tonnage.
But if something does flash before your eyes
as you go under, it will probably be a fish,

a quick blur of curved silver darting away,
having nothing to do with your life or your death.
The tide will take you, or the lake will accept it all
as you sink toward the weedy disarray of the bottom,
leaving behind what you have already forgotten,
the surface, now overrun with the high travel of clouds.

Billy Collins




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