Sunday, June 8, 2008

the future

I thought Hillary's speech today was terrific, moving, poignant, and a call to rally and get rid of the clowns who have been in power not just for seven years but, as she noted, for the better part of four decades. So I'm fifty now and it matters to me to think about time in that way.

For those of you who missed Lorca's birthday a few days ago, drink some brandy (he liked it) and I hope you enjoy this poem. It's from Celia Cruz

(a)political poem

I think about politics all the time
but I don’t write many
directly political poems
two things worry me:
that the poem
becomes dated
grounded in a moment
and somehow meaningless
a week or month or year later
the second thing
my fear
that somehow writing the poem
I’ll think I’ve accomplished something
I’ve done what needs to be done
and can move on

2 comments:

opundak said...

Mark-
It's good to find you between these words.

"my fear
that somehow writing the poem
I’ll think I’ve accomplished something
I’ve done what needs to be done
and can move on"

this scares me also.

-Or

Oh, and I wish for you a charming 50th year, full of half a century worth of wisdom and greatness. May you continue in the path you have been in- you do a delightful job at it.

Mark Statman said...

Hi Or,

I think about Adrienne Rich's comment: "And so it came to me that poetry was not enough..."

And thanks for the wishes for my 50th. It's an interesting number...