[lit-ideas] A Good Story

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas " <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:45:07 -0800



            A good story or passing dream,

            The Pearl Poet or Hart Crane

            Are all the same.  There is no

            Real reclusiveness: the mind

            Keeps bringing up old ills

            Forcing the teeth to gnash on old

            Grudges against long-dead men.


            But if one not letting any of it

            Go gets caught up in someone

            Else, some other guise, it is a bit

            Like restful sleep, better

            Sometimes if the dream was full

            Of rancor but the story takes

            Off on diverting journeys


            In someone else's steps,

            Even if it is a spy's risking

            His life for the Russians

            With a wife who doesn't

            Understand him and with

            Assassins bent on his destruction,

            But if the writing or acting


            Flags, one finds oneself

            Returning to an embarrassing 

            Childhood gaff, say, some rebuff

            At seven by a gorgeous girl with

            Resulting anguish more poignant

            Than the story, and one always wakes

            Much sooner than one expects to.





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