Sunday, September 16, 2012

Quote Sunday

So this week study breaks have been poetry breaks. I read Nick Flynn's Some Ether (which was amazing) and now I'm reading Gregory Orr's The Caged Owl. I love Gregory Orr. I really like this poem. It reminds me of the end of Mary Oliver's "In Blackwater Woods."

What I'm Saying

What I'm saying isn't exactly news
and to say it bluntly is no big deal:
once you decide to live, you have to lose.

But what if you could simply refuse
by claiming that life itself isn't real?
What I'm saying isn't exactly news -

the Buddhists think this world, hooked on adieus,
is just red dust. If that's true, why feel
that having to live you also have to lose?

Well, because we're boides, bodies whose
mortal bruise is time's kiss and time's seal.
What I'm saying isn't exactly news.

The luckiest among us live in twos.
Yet love has tied them to a burning wheel
once they decide to live. They have to lose

because time's only tempo is the blues.
It's what we're born to, what our prayers conceal.
What I'm saying isn't exactly news -
once you decide to live, you have to lose.

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