Friday, February 02, 2007


Today is the Second Annual Brigid in Cyberspace Poetry Reading. The idea is to celebrate the Pagan Goddess Brigid during imbolic by selecting and posting a poem that you like. Although I've never celebrated Brigid or any other goddess before, I thought it would be fun to post some poetry. In a form, true to myself, I couldn't choose just one. When I think of poems that I've enjoyed, the two that are most memorable are these.

The first selection is a poem by Rumi captures how I feel about love, and my husband in particular. The second selection is a poem by Margaret Atwood that I read in high school and it's always stuck. I read a lot of Atwood in highschool. I really love the rhythm of it and the darkness of it.



The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

(by Rumi)


It was taken some time ago.
At first it seems to be
a smeared
print: blurred lines and grey flecks
blended with the paper;

then, as you scan
it, you see in the left-hand corner
a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree
(balsam or spruce) emerging
and, to the right, halfway up
what ought to be a gentle
slope, a small frame house.

In the background there is a lake,
and beyond that, some low hills.

(The photograph was taken
the day after I drowned.

I am in the lake, in the center
of the picture, just under the surface.

It is difficult to say where
precisely, or to say
how large or small I am:
the effect of water
on light is a distortion

but if you look long enough,
you will be able to see me.)


dantimatter said...

that rumi poem was in my wedding program!!!


Karen and Dion said...

I didn't know of that Rumi poem but I have come across a fair bit of his work. I'm always astonished at how effective the translations are and wonder at how astounding the originals must be.

I think I get the poem but it's not at all how I see my own experiences.

Rebecca said...

That's kind of funny Dan. It was in mine, too!