The Blogger’s (Silent) Poetry Reading

from Transcendental Etude

Vision begins to happen in such a life
as if a woman quietly walked away
from the argument and jargon in a room
and sitting down in the kitchen, began turning in her lap
bits of yarn, calico and velvet scraps,
laying them out absently on the scrubbed boards
in the lamplight, with small rainbow-colored shells
sent in cotton-wool from somewhere far away,
and skeins of milkweed from the nearest meadow –
original domestic silk, the finest findings –
and the darkblue petal of the petunia,
and the dry darkblown lace of seaweed;
not forgotten either, the shed silver
whisker of the cat,
the spiral of paper-wasp-nest curling
beside the finch’s yellow feather.
Such a composition has nothing to do with eternity,
the striving for greatness, brilliance –
only with the musing of a mind
one with her body, experienced fingers quietly pushing
dark against bright, silk against roughness,
pulling the tenets of a life together
with no mere will to mastery,
only care for the many-lived, unending
forms in which she finds herself,
becoming now the sherd of broken glass
slicing light in a corner, dangerous
to flesh, now the plentiful, soft leaf
that wrapped round the throbbing finger, soothes the wound;
and now the stone foundation, rockshelf further
forming underneath everything that grows.

Adrienne Rich
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950-1984

Love, love, LOVE this whole poem, and especially this stanza.

Thanks to Cara for getting the word out about the Blogger’s (Silent) Poetry Reading. Read more about it here. And if you post a poem, leave a comment and let me know – I’d love to read it!

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2 thoughts on “The Blogger’s (Silent) Poetry Reading

  1. That is really beautiful. I’ve read some Rich, but I hadn’t read that. Now I have to find the whole thing.

    I have a poem up too–what a fun idea this was. I’ve so enjoyed finding everyone’s poems today and reading them. Life needs more poetry.

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