Muse: On First Looking into Elizabeth Smither's The Commonplace Book (After Elizabeth Bishop)
linger, in reply to
Or kill ?
Elizabeths 2 in honour of Elizabeth II,
B'day rather than D-day?
C between, the Question?
Perversely to 9-line mass, not
So many goodly states and kingdoms seen
in Denmark/Copenhagen in the cycling thread,
I was tempted yesterday to post a poem as if commenting thereon,
but it doesn't really, and belongs better here, couched beside the sea.
From that lesser known Michael Jackson, expatriate NZer –
rather too much of the South Island myth, and I feel comfortable in the wilderness, but still, I like it much –
We exiles miss its landscapes most.
1° in Copenhagen and I count the cost
of having no hills to walk on
or an ironsand beach, that mystery
of the physical – four elements
rather than ruins or runic stones –
but would not want its emptiness again,
that unflagging sense that one is not oneself
with wilderness, and needs the depths
of history to fathom where one stands
and still may go.
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