Thursday, August 11, 2005

Duke Altum's Poem of the Week

Introducing my new "poem of the week" feature, in which I hope to share (on a more-or-less weekly basis) a poem that has struck me as profound, inspirational or thought-provoking in some way. Good poems cram a lot of moral/spiritual force into a small, explosive packages... if we take the time to read and think about them, our hearts will be edified more often than not, I have found. I hope you fellow pilgrims will have just such an experience in reading these.

Here is my first entry then... coming from an American poet who has been writing powerful poetry for over 70 years now. A real national treasure... Richard Wilbur. Enjoy!

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On Having Misidentified a Wildflower

A thrush, because I'd been wrong
Burst rightly into song
In a world not vague, not lonely,
Not governed by me only.

2 comments:

Felicity N. Fiat said...

Just wanted to say that I enjoyed the simplicity and wisdom of this little gem. From the mouse on the pub floor, searching for a crumb of understanding.....

Duke Altum said...

Hey Felicity! Thanks for ringing in! :P

Join the other mice scrambling around on the floor... you are more than welcome here... in fact, we were kind of hoping you'd be bringing the loaf of bread, from which we could gain more crumbs...

Pax Christi to you!