Unreal Nature

July 30, 2012

Yield

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Night Thought
by Gerald Jonas

Trying to fall asleep
is like trying the catch
yourself unawares, or trying
not to think of something,
or trying to fall
in love or out of love.
Some things will not yield.
Trying not to think of something
is like trying to fall
asleep, or trying to catch
yourself unawares, or trying
to fall in or out of love
with someone who will not yield.
Yielding is like not thinking
of something or someone,
and without yielding
there is no catching yourself
unawares, and no falling
in love or out of love,
and trying to yield
is like trying to fall
asleep, or trying not to.


Musician
by Louise Bogan

Where have these hands been,
By what delayed,
That so long stayed
Away from the thin

Strings which they now grace
With their lonely skill?
Music and their cool will
At last interlace.

Now, with great ease, and slow,
The thumb, the finger, the strong
Delicate hand plucks the long
String it was born to know.

And under the palm, the string
Sings as it wished to sing.


I have mixed feelings about the Bogan poem. I like what she’s after, but, for me, the thing doesn’t really quite get airborne.

-Julie

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