April 9th, 2009

puffin

An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend - Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend  
by Mei-Yao Ch'en
Translated by Kenneth Rexroth

Do not be offended because
I am slow to go out. You know
Me too well for that. On my lap
I hold my little girl. At my
Knees stands my handsome little son.
One has just begun to talk.
The other chatters without
Stopping. They hang on my clothes
And follow my every step.
I can't get any farther
Than the door. I am afraid
I will never make it to your house.

An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend - Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

I liked this a lot. I may not have kids but the MonSter behaves in a very similar way to the kids in this poem.
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Another great poem from a Poem A Day email

How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
by Pamela Spiro Wagner

First, forget everything you have learned,
that poetry is difficult,
that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you,
with your high school equivalency diploma,
your steel-tipped boots,
or your white-collar misunderstandings.

Do not assume meanings hidden from you:
the best poems mean what they say and say it.

To read poetry requires only courage
enough to leap from the edge
and trust.

Treat a poem like dirt,
humus rich and heavy from the garden.
Later it will become the fat tomatoes
and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table.

Poetry demands surrender,
language saying what is true,
doing holy things to the ordinary.

Read just one poem a day.
Someday a book of poems may open in your hands
like a daffodil offering its cup
to the sun.

When you can name five poets
without including Bob Dylan,
when you exceed your quota
and don't even notice,
close this manual.

How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual - Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More