NaPoWriMo Day 2: B is for Wendell Berry


NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 2 is to write a poem about stars.  Wendell Berry writes evocatively about our  relationships with nature and with each other–  he is my inspiration today.  One of my favorite Berry poems, if you aren’t yet familiar with his work is The Peace of Wild Things.

This month, I’m high-fiving poets I admire- I don’t want to mimic their style, but hope that what I love about their work will influence mine. So, without further ado, my poem:

If you could draw

parallel lines

across the night sky

to mark treble and  bass,

and  plot the stars

like  musical notes,

would the sound of

the universe 

be winding and mournful

so that a cello could stretch it

 like a whale’s song–

or would the startdust

align into melodic fragments

of elegant reiteration

and  make Philip Glass proud?

~RB

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. JK Candlen says:

    I can hear the cello now. Lonely and far reaching into the dark depths of my soul.

    1. veganrose says:

      thanks, jk… i love the lonely strains of the cello, too!

  2. poetrycurator says:

    Wonderful! It reminds me of Pythagoras and the Music of the Spheres. I love it!

    1. veganrose says:

      Why, thank you! I just looked up the Music of the Spheres- how wonderful! In the end, everything comes down to math, doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. Beautiful.

    Visiting from a to z challenge.

    Susan

    1. veganrose says:

      Thanks, and thanks for visiting, Susan!

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