Tuesday, September 25, 2007

To a Stranger

by Walt Whitman

Passing stranger! you do no know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me, as of a dream).
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recalled as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me, or a girl with me,
I ate with you, and slept with you—your body has become not yours only, nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass—you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you—I am to think of you when I sit alone, or wake at night alone,
I am to wait—I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wifi Jesus

Wifi Jesus

Ben says we are all pilgrims
my hazy memory balks,
his tailored casuals mocking
visions of dusty feet.

Tune in he pleads
easy crocodile tears
on a Sunday morning
unmoved I ponder free caffeine

Over layers of praise and drums
we place our bets
I back the loser-
humility none, wifi jesus one

(inspiration courtesy of the Vineyard)
Poem in progress... by Hannah

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Getting away...

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

W.B. Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.