Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I've not read a poem in ages that has made me cry, but this does.

Don Paterson's "Being" He calls it a variation of a Rilke poem.

I like both poets work, but this is just wonderful. I think it means even more thanks to my recent dip in the in spate Tyne. It really did make me feel like I was saying, "I am"


Blogger BarbaraS said...

Oh that is gorgeous! And I think this sentiment could be very applicable to me: 'If the water's sour, turn it into wine.' Try to take the best out of things.

I can see, of course, why the poem would stir you; those last three lines - phew!

6:19 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

And " I flow" ...just those 2 words are lovely.
All about the positivity of being which is a great feeling when it hits you!

5:46 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes that's the bit I like most, and the "comrade of the distance" bit too.

8:53 pm  
Blogger Kay said...

A superb poem with rich, meaningful with language and a rhythm to it that both begs and emits music.

2:59 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

It's great, isn't it?

I'm not happy with the Rilke translation I've got, it fels a bit stiff and old-fashioned in many places. I must look for a better one...

2:02 pm  

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