Sunday, October 6, 2013

In the garden, we meet Denise Levertov

Each month, Kerry introduces or re-introduces members and visitors at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, to a poet whose birthday is in that month.
Denise Levertov
Wikipedia photo
This month's poet is Denise Levertov, someone with whom I was unfamiliar, but when I read some of her poems via links Kerry provided, I understood what she was saying, and imagine I understand what she was trying to say.
Kerry also provided a video of Levertov reading from some of her work, but the video came through on my computer with no sound.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the poems I read, especially these lines that spoke to my own life experience:
 cut of limestone, echoing
 with hidden rivers"

Now, after midnight, as usual, and with the dog snoring behind me, I found one particular poem spoke to me. My favourite lines are:
"a thousand times,
  till death finds them, 
  they may discover it again,
  in other lines"

This led me to write, not a reply, but a poem that somehow tells how I feel about reading and writing poetry, now that I have read her poem.

to find
the secret of life
read a poem
you’ll find
it’s all there
between the lines
between the words
hidden in the spaces
between the words
between the lines
it will come to you
as you dream
as you forget
the name of the poem
the name of the poet
as you waken
as you forget
what you have dreamed
you'll find
it all there
in the spaces

in between
Kay Davies, October 5-6, 2013                                                                  

Hello Toads and visitors, and followers of my blog. I've just discovered this is my 1700th blog post. Whodathunkit?


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Congrats on 1700 - There's something very pleasing about round figures... (take that how you will!)

There is something very pleasing about your poem also - this poet appreciates its between-ness &*>

Hugs, YAM xxx

Kerry O'Connor said...

This say so well what poetry may mean to a reader. The sense that meaning is so personal and universal at the same time. I love her poem inspired by the two girls who found "the secret" in her words.

Heaven said...

Congrats on the milestone Kay ~

I love that quote too ~ To discover what you are looking for between the lines, between the words & spaces between ~

Tammy said...

Your poem says it all. Happy 1700th blog post, Kay!

Kay said...

Congratulations on making 1700, Kay!!! Isn't it always a surprise to know we've been writing so much?

Anonymous said...

Cool 1700th, Kay :). It's always between the lines, isn't it? ~ M

Carola Bartz said...

Denise Levertov's language is beautiful. I haven't read anything by her, but these few lines are pure - well, poetry.

Susan said...

I love this approach to the prompt, and feel I have exactly that process you describe--these days more and more the forgetting and remembering, each time a falling-in-love again.