Sunday, February 06, 2011

I Hereby Declare....

That this is the last year that will have a February 6. From now on February only has 27 days (28 in a Leap Year). It's too long anyway so who cares if I get rid of a day.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

St. Brigid's Day

Today is St. Brigid's Day and therefore it is also the day for Blogge's Silent Poetry Reading. I've missed the past couple of years and for all I know I may be the only one doing this today.

Regardless of that, I leave you today with (yet again) another poem by Margaret Atwood. Maybe next time I'll venture forth and find a different poet to share with you but then again why mess with a good thing?


My daughter plays on the floor
with plastic letters,
red, blue & hard yellow,
learning how to spell,
how to make spells.

I wonder how many women
denied themselves daughters,
closed themselves in rooms,
drew the curtains
so they could mainline words.

A child is not a poem,
a poem is not a child.
there is no either/or.

I return to the story
of the woman caught in the war
& in labour, her thighs tied
together by the enemy
so she could not give birth.

Ancestress: the burning witch,
her mouth covered by leather
to strangle words.

A word after a word
after a word is power.

At the point where language falls away
from the hot bones, at the point
where the rock breaks open and darkness
flows out of it like blood, at
the melting point of granite
when the bones know
they are hollow & the word
splits & doubles & speaks
the truth & the body
itself becomes a mouth.

This is a metaphor.

How do you learn to spell?
Blood, sky & the sun,
your own name first,
your first naming, your first name,
your first word.