Sunday, August 01, 2010

Wow --

I read in one news article on Yahoo that Chelsea Clinton and her husband were supposed to read this poem as part of their wedding ceremony --

I looked it up on Google and it made me go, "Wow" --

The Life That I Have by Leo Marks
The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours. 

Wasn't that a lovely poem?

* * *

Another poem --

About 2 weeks ago, I was feeling really sh*tty about myself -- as usual, I overthought the situation and felt like my brain was going to burst.

Long story short: I felt like my high school self and I felt all the awkwardness and gauche-ness that comes with being that age.  And it annoyed me to feel like that because I'm 32 years old and should have overcome all that.

Anyhoo, a dear friend was kind enough to listen to me through my pity party --

And then an off-tangent idea came to mind and it was this poem:

Bonsai by Edith Tiempo
All that I love
I fold over once
And once again
And keep in a box
Or a slit in a hollow post
Or in my shoe.

All that I love?

Why, yes, but for the moment -
And for all time, both.
Something that folds and keeps easy,
Son's note, or Dad's one gaudy tie,
A roto picture of a young queen,
A blue Indian shawls, even
A money bill.

It's utter sublimation,
A feat, this heart's control
Moment to moment
To scale all love down
To a cupped hand's size,

Till seashells are broken pieces
From God's own bright teeth,
And life and love are real
Things you can run and
Breathless hand over
To the merest child.

I'm fine now, by the way.  ^_^


Fickle Cattle said...

I love edith tiempo's bonsai. The idea of encapsulating life in a tiny object seems both beautiful and sad I think.

Tin (ni Johann) said...


Thank you for dropping by!

It's one of my favorite poems. (There's cruelty in the poem as well -- but she writes it in such a sweet and sad way that it just leaves me breathless and pondering. ^_^)