THE POET BY DAY

Monthly Archives: April 2019

“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.” Kahlil Gibran, The… Read More

Making Hay on the Snowline Sloe-black tadpoles chassé the shallows of this glacial lake worrying their rumps reaping a harvest from ice-smooth rocks with busy mouths. How long in this short summer to bloat bodies and turn tail to frog? How long to frog-bask soft skinned on baked stone flip to scissor silk again choosing life’s temperature? And when the crush of snow deadens the plateau turning silk to steel what price… Read More

I’m the Sheik of Araby, Your love belongs to me. At night when you’re asleep Into your tent I’ll creep. The Sheik of Araby, lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Francis Wheeler, music by Ted Snyder, written in 1921 in response to the popularity of Rudolph Valentino and the movie The Sheik. This – probably silly little poem – was inspired by the tales my mother told me of how the women… Read More

“I bring you with reverent hands The books of my numberless dreams.” William Butler Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false… Read More