August 13, 2010

Love Poem

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As evidenced by many of the poems collected in Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962), Robert Bly looked toward the landscapes of Minnesota and often saw:

Cornfields, cornstalks
Catholic churches
Box-elder trees, box-elder bugs
Prairie grasses
Chickens' eyes
Dust
Barns
Norwegian immigrants
Alfalfa fields
Crickets
Turkey sheds
Telephone poles
Corn stubble

Perhaps not the most romantic list.

And yet, the verses he called "Love Poem" go like this:

     "When we are in love, we love the grass,
     And the barns, and the light poles,
     And the small mainstreets abandoned all night." 

And to me, this seems exactly, simply, accurate. When we lovewhether a person or a placethere is possibility for beauty in everything.

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