02 February 2009

4th Annual Silent Blogger Poetry Thingy

And now for something completely different...

I have too short an attention span for most poems. Even long greeting cards get put back on the shelf, unread.*

But I do have some favorite poetry snippets. Without further ado, here is my entry into the 4th Annual Silent Blogger Poetry Reading.**

[Feel free to picture me on a tacky bar stage, dressed all in black, reading this to myself. (It's a silent reading, fergawdsake.)]

Three from W.S. Merwin and one from Rumi:

There was never a time
when you were not walking toward me
from under great trees.


Late I came to the joy of this
whatever I have

is yours.


In my dreams
we keep traveling together

face to face.

Come to the orchard in Spring. There is light and wine, and sweethearts in the pomegranate flowers. If you do not come, these do not matter. If you do come, these do not matter.

*My favorite greeting card of all time has a picture of a dog on the the front and its leg is actually a separate piece of paper that is attached with a spring so it looks like the dog is scratching itself. Inside it says "I'm itching to wish you a happy birthday!"


'Cause I'm deep like that.

*sniff* Ah, good times.

**For the romantics in the crowd, these (and others) were all readings at our wedding. Insert "awww" here.
I know, we're nauseating. (You're a shmoopy! No, you're a shmoopy!)


jennannej said...

I like the poetry. You're right. Just the right length.

LiLu said...

HA! I knew I wasn't alone in the schmoop. You're the schmoop of all schmoops!

AbbotOfUnreason said...

We had Calvin & Hobbes read at our wedding. We're all class.

My favorite poems are by the same guy, Gelett Burgess

Purple Cow: Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least

I never Saw a Purple Cow;
I never Hope to See One;
But I can Tell you, Anyhow,
I'd rather See than Be One.

It turns out he was not proud of the poem that made him famous. He later wrote this one:

Confession: and a Portrait Too, Upon a Background that I Rue

Ah, yes, I wrote the Purple Cow;
I'm sorry now I wrote it;
But I can tell you, Anyhow,
I'll Kill you if you Quote it.

f.B said...

shmoop is healthy.
(thanks again for the heads up on this thing)

Kristin said...

These make me think of my favorite t-shirt:
Haikus are easy
But sometimes the don't make sense

Though, these make sense and are really quite nice.

Happy poetry day.

emma said...

I love the Rumi!

Much to my chagrin, I've never heard of W.S. Merwin. Thanks for introducing me to a new poet!

*Jac* said...

The Ex's parents always called me Shmoopie. I always thought it was odd. lol. Good poems! And I'm totally with you on the bday cards.. puns are better than sentiment any day.

Matt said...


I made a bet with another blogger that I could beat them at scrabble. If I lose, I have to post a poem on my blog.

I odnt even know where to start with poetry....but it looks like Im going to have to post one. Its going to be a FAIL.

lacochran said...

Jennannej: Glad you like it. :)

LiLu: You're way shmoopier than me!

AbbotofUnreason: LOVE C&H.

f.B: It seemed like your kind of thing. Glad you got to play.

Kristin: GREAT t-shirt! :)

Emma: Good! My pleasure.

*Jac*: Looks like they watched a lot of Seinfeld. Were you especially affectionate with the Ex?

Matt: Dude. You are screwed.

(Feel free to use that poem.)

Erin said...

Did you just kill your last post? I tried to comment on it, and Blogger blew up on me!

Bring it back! I like the "Hobbie Buddy" concept. :)

lacochran said...

Erin: Yeah. Sorry. As per your request, it's back. Thanks for tuning in.