Friday, June 03, 2011

A Poem for Our Time

Blogger is having, as we used to say, "issues," so if posting is a bit light for the next few days, it's not only because G/Son and I are busy going to the farmers' market, reading about how Arthur became the king, blowing bubbles, visiting the nature center, climing on the jungle gym at the park near Nonna's house, playing knights in armour, picking herbs, and coloring with our 84 crayons, but because of said issues.

In the meantime, have a poem:

The End of Science Fiction
By Lisel Mueller

This is not fantasy, this is our life.
We are the characters
who have invaded the moon,
who cannot stop their computers.
We are the gods who can unmake
the world in seven days.

Both hands are stopped at noon.
We are beginning to live forever,
in lightweight, aluminum bodies
with numbers stamped on our backs.
We dial our words like Muzak.
We hear each other through water.

The genre is dead. Invent something new.
Invent a man and a woman
naked in a garden,
invent a child that will save the world,
a man who carries his father
out of a burning city.
Invent a spool of thread
that leads a hero to safety,
invent an island on which he abandons
the woman who saved his life
with no loss of sleep over his betrayal.

Invent us as we were
before our bodies glittered
and we stopped bleeding:
invent a shepherd who kills a giant,
a girl who grows into a tree,
a woman who refuses to turn
her back on the past and is changed to salt,
a boy who steals his brother’s birthright
and becomes the head of a nation.
Invent real tears, hard love,
slow-spoken, ancient words,
difficult as a child’s
first steps across a room.


Apuleius Platonicus said...

I guess I'm not the only one who has noticed "issues" with blogspot lately.

Teacats said...

Yes -- Im another one who has tried and tried and tried to leave comments at folks' sites -- only to be denied or turned away by the gatekeepers ....hoping that you will still tell us tales of Knights and Herbs and Vegetables and Magic ...

Vivienne Moss said...

I was having the same problem. When you sign on to your blog uncheck the keep me logged on thing. I have to do it everytime I log on. Hope this helps. Beautiful poem by the way.

David Salisbury said...

Poem is very lovely. Have a wonderful weekend, Hecate!

Michael in Cambridge said...

Thank you for the beautiful poem. The weather up here in Cambridge is delicious. The garden beckons.

Anden Jade said...

Thank you so much for posting this poem (in addition to all the other fabulous poems you share). I think I have no found my new favorite.

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