August 25, 2009

Star block

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There is no such thing
as star block.
We do not think of
locking out the light
of other galaxies.
It is light
so rinsed of impurities
(heat, for instance)
that it excites
no antibodies in us.
Yet people are
curiously soluble
in starlight.
Bathed in its
absence of insistence
their substance
loosens willingly,
their bright
designs dissolve.
Not proximity
but distance
burns us with love.



Kay Ryan

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  • As long as we’re on the subject of stars – here’s my favorite poem . . . ever.

    I really love what you do here, Heather. Accept this is an all too small token of my gratitude.

    http://www.readprint.com/work-708/The-Star-Splitter-Robert-Frost

    Brian — August 25, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  • wonderful and you are welcome. i am also reminded of the great josh ritter lyric:

    All of a sudden now you’re back again, I thought you were happy with whoever, or did you dream about me now and then? Did you look up at the stars and feel something for the constellations?
    All those lovers circling ’round their loves, slings and arrows, dogs and lions, rivers separating touch from touch
    The comedy of distance, the tragedy of separation.

    browneheather — August 25, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

  • I love Ritter – especially the new song you posted. I’ve listened to it over and over.

    Although, if we’re going for his lyrics about stars – Other Side is more in keeping with your poem. I just love how it captures the Universe watching us as we watch the Universe:

    Say the west is a story we made up to erase
    Conestoga wagons left tracks you can see from space
    From the Northwest passage to the Great Divide
    Everybody’s looking for the other side

    I’m still waiting for the whiskey to whisk me away
    And I’m still waiting for the ashtray to lead me astray
    I twist the culdesacs into one way signs
    I ain’t going round in circles on the other side

    So at night I sit and watch for stars to stay
    They wink and then they’re gone down the Milky Way
    But when You’re left in the middle of the Midwest sky
    Everywhere you look is the Other Side . . .

    Magnificent.

    Brian — August 25, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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