Archive for February, 2013

Beowulf

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Poetry

If you missed this excellent programme … then it is well worth watching

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kpv23/Michael_Wood_on_Beowulf/

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Black Marigolds*

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Poetry

*Just finished reading John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row – wonderful, wonderful piece of writing – and in it he included verses from Black Marigolds, a poem written in Sanskrit by young Brahman poet Chauras about nineteen hundred years ago shortly before his execution for loving the king’s daughter.  Here are a couple of verses and here’s a link if you want to read the whole thing http://www.wenaus.com/poetry/blkmar-full.html

 

Even now
I mind that I loved cypress and roses, clear,
The great blue mountains and the small grey hills,
The sounding of the sea. Upon a day
I saw strange eyes and hand like butterflies;
For me at morning larks flew from the thyme
And children came to bathe in little streams.

Even now
I know that I have savoured the hot taste of life
Lifting green cups and gold at the great feast.
Just for a small and forgotten time
I have had full in my eyes from off my girl
The whitest pouring of eternal light

Homeless countries

Posted: February 14, 2013 in nature poems

Thunderheads sucked out of today
by the setting sun.
Aerial icebergs.
Silent lands.
Searching for new horizons