Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You Can't Have it All

No, you can't have it all.  You can't always get what you want.  But if you try sometimes....well, you know the rest.  I read this poem early this morning by a poet I'd not heard of before, Barbara Ras, titled "You Can't Have it All."  And it's so lovely.  Here's an excerpt:

But you can have the fig tree and its fat leaves like clown hands 
gloved with green. You can have the touch of a single eleven-year-old finger 
on your cheek, waking you at one a.m. to say the hamster is back. 
You can have the purr of the cat and the soulful look 
of the black dog, the look that says, If I could I would bite 
every sorrow until it fled...

And here is the link to the poem in its entirety.  The ending is wonderful.  

And another poem by Ras here, titled "Voices from the Corner of the Sky" which ends:

Now, please. Let us go 
like a meadow of balloons let loose to the sky.

She's a poet I definitely want to read more of.

It's wonderful, anyway, to start the morning thinking about what you can have.  This must be a thing that is calm.  I say this because I noticed on the blogger stats for this site that "things that are calm" is one of the most common search strings that lead people here.

It would also be an excellent writing prompt:  write about the things that you can have....

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