Sunday, June 28, 2009

The necessity of Mondays, scarves and poetry

It may just be an oddity of my mind, but to me, scarves and poetry are inextricably interlinked.

Some People Like Poetry
Wislawa Szymborska

"Some people--
that is not everybody
Not even the majority but the minority.
Not counting the schools where one must,
and the poets themselves,
there will be perhaps two in a thousand.

but we also like chicken noodle soup,
we like compliments and the color blue,
we like our old scarves,
we like to have our own way,
we like to pet dogs.

but what is poetry.
More than one flimsy answer
has been given to that question.
And I don't know, and don't know, and I
cling to it as to a life line."

translated by Walter Whipple

"Pale, with the blue of high zeniths, shimmered
over with silver, brocaded
In smooth, running patterns, a soft stuff, with dark knotted fringes,
it lies there,
Warm from a woman's soft shoulders, and my fingers close on it,
Where is she, the woman who wore it? The scent of her
lingers and drugs me!"

-Amy Lowell

Louise Gluck

"There is always something to be made of pain.
Your mother knits.
She turns out scarves in every shade of red.
They were for Christmas, and they kept you warm
while she married over and over, taking you

"and because before we had lungs
we knew how far it was to the bottom
as we floated open-eyed
like painted scarves through the scenery
of dreams, and because we awakened

and learned to speak"

-Lisel Mueller

"They were lumbering through the pines like inordinately sad moose.
Who could eat liverwurst at a time like this?
But, then again, what's a picnic without pathos?
Lacking a way home, I adjusted the flap in my head and duck-walked
down to the pond and into the pond and began gliding
around in circles, quacking, quacking like a scarf.
Inside the belly of that image I began
recycling like a sorry whim, sincerest regrets
are always best."

- James Tate

Scarves, and poetry, were an integral part of my Otago degree (in Chemistry, nonetheless).
So I will introduce the character @Nightwyrm (Rory) drew for me, 'Scarfie'

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