Posted by: youareuseless | July 6, 2010

Fruitless

An experiment in rhyme and repetition. This isn’t any particular meter. I was inspired to rhyme by reading Nicholson Baker’s “The Anthologist,” which I would highly recommend! It’s a novel about a poet a bit past his prime struggling to write an introduction to an anthology of rhyming poems. Reads like a conversation with a funny, down-to-earth, yet very learned friend.

On a dark day in the summer
The sky has no more color
Than another day in winter
When we forget our limbs.

On a dark day, in the summer
We flee from one another
Mixing water, wasting paper
Since nothing can begin.

Since nothing can begin
We flee from one another
The day-lilies are willing
They are more willing than us.

They are more willing than us
To stretch their shining bodies
On a dark day in the summer
To the gray light of the sun.

Copyright Megan Kennedy 2010

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Responses

  1. Loved loved this – the imagery, the flow, the meaning, all of it.

  2. I applaud you on your dedication and talent. So wonderful! x

  3. you did great with your experiments 🙂 lovely poems..

  4. bravo 🙂

  5. Enjoy the way the poem flows and repeats. cheers

  6. talented write- musings of a couple? anyway, just added you into my blogroll. feel free to add me..

  7. that’s lovely. the repetition works really well.

    I enjoyed that book too. started to re-read it a second time.


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