Thursday, 9 October 2008

national poetry day


It's National Poetry Day today, the theme of which this year is Work, and I'm off to our workshop on Songs of Imagination & Digitisation at The Poetry Cafe. Meanwhile Sue Thomas pointed me at this Rilke quote, from the poem The Man Watching, translated by Robert Bly, used by Tim O'Reilly in his THOUGHTS ON THE FINANCIAL CRISIS.

"I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming...

What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names."

1 comment:

Tina said...

Hooray for National Poetry Day! I love the site so I thought I'd stop in a say hello. Here's a post I found on Nat. Poetry Day as well...I think you'll enjoy it!
http://www.petermanseye.com/anthologies/why-i-like/313-people-s-poets
Cheers to good writing!