Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was to talk back to a Rilke poem. I love the idea of poems in response to other poems. But Rilke? Sheesh. Talking back seems so impertinent! But that’s the beauty of poetry. There is room for every voice.
Sara came up with this month’s challenge, and she chose this beauty for us to respond to:
You, darkness, of whom I am born—
I love you more than the flame
that limits the world
to the circle it illumines
and excludes all the rest.
But the dark embraces everything
shapes and shadows, creatures and me,
people, nations—just as they are.
It lets me imagine
a great presence stirring beside me
I believe in the night.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
I always seem to have plenty to say about poems, but I was a bit hesitant on this one. Not sure why. Maybe it’s because there are times I LOVE the dark, but what kept coming out was an argument against Rumi. Who am I to argue with Rumi? But every poem pretty much captures the poet’s thoughts at the time of writing. I could write this poem one day, and an ode to the darkness the next. So, there ya go.
Don’t forget to catch up with all the Poetry Princesses, who have been busy with moves, running events, birthdays, kids, jobs, and life! But I love that we’re still doing poetry anyway!
Non-poetry demands are keeping Andi away this month, but she’ll return.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Steel Magnolia Irene at Live Your Poem is rounding us up this week, so check out the Poetry Friday Roundup for more goodies. (I think of her that way because she is so gracious and sweet and pretty–but so smart and heartstrong.) Irene is also doing ARTSPEAK poems AND her annual Progressive Poem! How on earth is she managing all that!