Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Let it go

A college friend just posted a verse of this fantastic poem:

let it go - the
smashed word broken
open vow or         
the oath cracked length
wise - let it go it 
was sworn to 

let them go - the                                                                        
truthful liars and 
the false fair friends
and the boths and 
neithers - you must let them go they
were born to go

let all go - the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things - let all go

so comes love

~ e.e. cummings ~

...which reminded me of one of my favourite's: 

The Windhover (To Christ our Lord)

I CAUGHT this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing, 
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear, 
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

~Gerard Manley Hopkins~

...and of the breaking out of new life from the ashes of destruction

*picture from here: http://cooleiststuffever.wikispaces.com/Mythical+creatures