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Friday, December 27, 2013

Poetry Friday--"The Life of Others"


2013 is drawing to a close, and on this, the last Poetry Friday of the year, I want to wish everyone peace and justice in the coming year. (If the world has one, surely it will have the other.) Here are the words of Denise Levertov to give us something to ponder:
The Life of Others

Their high pitched baying
as if in prayer's unison

remote, undistracted, given over
utterly to belief,

the skein of geese
voyages south,
       hierarchic arrow of its convergence toward
       the point of grace
swinging and rippling, ribbon tail
of a kite, loftily

over lakes they they have not
elected to rest,

over men who suppose
earth is man's, over golden earth

preparing itself
for night and winter.
                            We humans
are smaller than they, and crawl
unnoticed,

about and about the smoky map.


from Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now (edited by Aliki Barnstone) [808.81 VOI].

From here, please head over to see Mary Lee Hahn, at A Year of Reading, for the last Poetry Friday Round-Up of 2013.

"Peace and Justice" illustration by Thomas Nast.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE this poem!

    And I especially love (and agree with) this: "I want to wish everyone peace and justice in the coming year. (If the world has one, surely it will have the other.)"

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Mary Lee.

    I love the line: hierarchic arrow of its convergence toward/the point of grace

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