Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Book of Luminous Things, Czeslaw Milosz

This anthology of poetry was unlike any I've read before. Milosz introduced each poem and wrote short essays for several topical sections. His choices included many European poets unknown to me and quite a few Chinese poets, especially Tu Fu, who lived in the 7th century. I like to post poems every day of April for National Poetry month. But here's a taste from this book, a poem that surprised me in many lines and touched me as a whole, by a poet whose name we have but dates are unknown. Milosz tells us she was a serious Christian reader of the Old and New Testament. Her name was Anna Kamienska [Apparently Polish]

A Prayer that Will be Answered

Lord let me suffer much
and then die

Let me walk through silence
and leave nothing behind not even fear

Make the world continue
let the ocean kiss the sand just as before

Let the grass stay green
so that the frogs can hide in it

So that someone can bury his face in it
and sob out his love

Make the day rise brightly
as if there were no more pain

And let my poem stand clear as a windowpane
bumped by a bumblebee's head.

2 comments:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Nice poem June -- i always look forward to learning something new when I read your posts. -- barbara

Jonas said...

I enjoyed that poem. I truly did.