Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Groundhog Day!
The snow and cold is getting to be a bit much even for our friendly critter the groundhog. Last I heard he was ready to up and move his growing family to… somewhere in Paradise… I think I’ll follow him there, or wherever Birds of Paradise are congregating.
Above, Birds of Paradise, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.
BIRDS OF PARADISE
For Birds of Paradise, dancing on stems opens all possibilities–
for Bird’s possibilities, dancing on stems opens all of Paradise.
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
I was looking for another poem to share with you about paradise and I found this poem by Sam Hamill that sang true to me, I wish he was still with us, unfortunately he passed in 2018. Click on his name to read about him. This poem comes from his book, Habitation: Collected Poems, Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2014. In the many volumes of poetry he wrote, one is called “Almost Paradise: Selected Poems & Translations (Shambhala, 2005)” which I’m going to check out.
WHAT THE WATER KNOWS
by Sam Hamill
What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive.
A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world.
Still, the heart is a river
pouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed.
It opens on a bay
and turns back upon itself as the tide comes in,
it carries the cry of the loon and the salts
of the unutterably human.
A distant eagle enters the mouth of a river
salmon no longer run and his wide wings glide
upstream until he disappears
into the nothing from which he came.
Tabatha Yeatts at her blog Tabatha Yeatts: The opposite of Indifference is our host this week for the Poetry Friday Roundup! She has a fantastic tale about a “Belfast’s Big Fish” and images on her post for January 31st. She may be offering some additional post for the Roundup that you would’t want to miss, so drop by her blog. Thanks for hosting Tabatha!