Cures are Facts; Healing is Poetic
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I spent my Salad Days in Cambridge as radical dandruff in the long hair of Harvard and now I seek with meanders of poetry and prose paths to share with kindred spirits.
Not much yet, but I hope to grow on you. For now contemplate Bert Stern's poem.
Spaghetti is a nostalgic nod to those Salad Days when I had a column in the Real Paper called “Spaghetti.” Here I hope to gas with my former readers and others who believe we must maintain our senses of humor. And who know we are but a blink in evolution.
This week's poem is from
[if someone could tell me how to get this to publish lined on the left margin rather than centered I'd appreciate it.]
What I Got for Dollar, Off the Grid Press, Boston, Massachusetts
© 2018 Bert Stern
Elegy for Henry Braun
Any man could imagine this:
three friends and you around
a fire, reminiscing, telling
back-then stories and now
ones too. Y’ all know one
another deep as the bones,
your shadows playing
on the trunks of old oaks.
Then the silent marauder’s
there and you are three,
and now the woods move
in as if – though not yet
doing it – to engulf the fire.
Still, the stories are strong
as oaken roots.
And then you are two.
The woods are darkening
deeper. Love hasn’t vanished
but it’s grown more ghostly.
On some plane it’s true
that you‘re still five, though
the wind’s whistling through
Somewhere bereft, children
we been the night, and wives
toss in beds abruptly unfamiliar.
You two, though more fragile,
feed the fire, until you are one.
This you is you, or – say it –
I, somehow reading silent stories,
as if dead friends were candlelight.
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