[lit-ideas] Re: Thursday Poem

  • From: Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:48:34 -0500

Thursday is a good day for a poem.
And this is a good one.
I suspect Tom Paine would like it, too.
And Freud. And Jesus. And John Dewey.

Tea and conversation makes the world go round.
(My glass of red wine makes it spin a little faster.
But not too fast to appreciate the emotion here.)

Lawrence Helm wrote:


He set it up but then

The others moved in,

Stronger, more ruthless,

Picking and choosing

Amongst his ideals

As though they were

Oranges in a bin –

Finally dumping them

Entirely when pretense

Was no longer required.

I met him in New York City

Two years before his death.

He was already pale

And wraith-like

As though his life

Had been sucked out

Leaving him weak

And breathless. He spoke

Of the Baath and all

His good intentions.

I made him tea and listened.

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