Sunday, July 27, 2008

Poetry Sunday

Down in Orem, while reading the book Freedom Writers to the students, I came across the poem below, which I loved so much that I copied it down into my journal that night despite the lateness of the hour and the tiredness of my body. I wanted to put it up here when I got a good picture of a lightning storm, but little did I know how hard that would be...because not only does Utah not usually get lightning storms, but also, when storms actually come, it is almost impossible to actually catch the lightning. Or at least with my camera, it is. So after standing out on our porch for about 20 minutes around 1:00 in the morning trying to get a good shot of the lightning, I gave up and came inside. But, little did I know that I actually HAD gotten some good shots of the storm, even if they weren't of what I wanted.

Because I didn't get a good one of the lightning, the pictures don't quite go with all the poem's images, but...that's okay. My blog, my decision.

By Vincent Guilliano

Let him wish his life
For the sorrows of a stone
Never knowing the first thread
Of these
Never knowing the pain of ice
As its crystals slowly grow
Needles pressing in on the heart

To live forever
And never feel a thing
To wait a million lifetimes
Only to erode and become sand
Wish not for the stone
But for the fire
Last only moments
But change everything

Oh to be lightning
To exist for less than a moment
Yet in that moment
To expose the world to every open eye
Oh to be thunder
To clap and ring
To rumble into memories
Minds and spines

To chill the soul and shake the very ground
Pounding even the sand
Into smaller pieces
Or the mountain
Brooding, extinct
Yet gathering for one fatal moment
The power to blow the top clean off the world
Oh to last the blink of an eye and leave nothing
But nothing unmoved behind you.


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