On these category pages I hope to feature poets and poems that have inspired me in the past or new ones that I find. The methodical side of me insisted I work through the alphabet. The devious side of me might stray away occasionally.
Here goes on another writing adventure…
Today’s first choice is a new one for me.
Helen Adams: The Last Secret
Not sure about copyright so here is a snippet of the poem including the parts that inspired me the most
Grains of Sand Sing
What is the holy secret this planet hides?
That the race of man has forgotten, or dare not guess?
Queen of Cups Answers
It is something to do with silence and loneliness,
Something to do with sunlight and idleness.
Something dying that lives only to bless!
But I have forgotten, forgotten, or dare not guess.
Queen of Cups
It has something to do with silence and idleness
More than a little to do with loneliness
A holy and hidden secret powerful to bless,
Answering all Earth’s prayers with one word “Yes!”
– from Women of the Beat Generation, Brenda Knight (Conari Press, 1996)
Read the rest of the poem here.
A is also for Auden
I leave you with stanza II of Auden’s poem In Memory of W.B.Yeats
You were silly like us; your gift survived it all:
The parish of rich women, physical decay,
Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its making where executives
Would never want to tamper, flows on south
From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
A way of happening, a mouth.
I read this when studying Yeats at school which led to a life time appreciation and love of Yeats’ poetry and who will be featured at some time in this blog.
If you have favourite poems or poets you would like featured please comment below.
Be inspired and write