Friday, April 17, 2009

This Is What I Mean!

I thought today would be a good day to post the poem that inspired my blog title. I'm not a poem buff, but when I find one I like, I really like it.

Anyways, here it is.

"Constantly Risking Absurdity"

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrechats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Natalie said...

Beautiful poem. Not a poetry buff either, but I really liked that!

Alicia said...

This poem is mesmerizing...I love it!