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Friday, December 11, 2009

Poetry Friday--"Eden, Then and Now"

In 2002, Ruth Stone won the National Book Award for her book of poetry, In the Next Galaxy [811.54 STO].

One of the poems that stood out for me is "Eden, Then and Now." Excuse me for taking this out of the middle of the poem, but it strikes me as capturing the economic situation today:
One morning in the midst of plenty,
there were folks out of context,
who were living on nothing.
Some slept in shacks
on the banks of the river.
This phenomenon investors said
would pass away.

Read the rest here.
Ruth Stone was born in 1915, so I'm sure she has seen many instances of history repeating itself. It's nice that she was able to capture history in poetry and to reinforce the old adage, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted at Random Noodling.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those lines are perfect. It's always that way - some are doing fine and some are barely surviving. I don't think that phenomenon will pass away any time soon.