Here’s your Poetry Friday, in some other time zone, or worldview: a beautiful poem by Judith Wright.
In Praise of Marriage
Not till life halved, and parted
one from the other,
did time begin, and knowledge;
Terror of being apart, being lost,
made real the night.
Seeking and finding made
yesterday, now, and tomorrow;
and love was realized first
when those two came together.
So, perilously joined,
lighted in one small room,
we have made all things true.
Out of the I and the you
spreads this field of power,
that all that waits may come,
all possibles be known—
all futures step from their stone
and pasts come into flower.
(I do confess that I think this beauty can happen without marriage and without duality but that does not detract from Wright’s beauty.)
Also, for those of us who insist that poetry is not dead, Wright writes in her foreword to A Human Pattern:
For many years, a notion has been around that poetry is dying, if not dead. It hasn’t died, and unless a dislike generated in school and university days prevails, it won’t die.
But it is certainly in danger, just as the earth itself is in danger, from the philosophies generated by greed. Materialism, positivism, and behaviourism are foes of both poetry and the survival of the earth. They have ruled during my lifetime; but I think they are on the way out.”