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So. Apparently it is National Poetry Month. I can do that! 8^D

So. Apparently it is National Poetry Month. I can do that! 8^D

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The idea is to post a poem each day for the whole month. You don't have to write them. You just have to post them. I have quite a number of beloved poems. I'll start with Hesse. And YES the icon is about this poem, or vice versa. I memorised this decades ago. That is going to be true for the first poems I post. I'll let you know.

by Hermann Hesse, from The Steppenwolf

Ever reeking from the vales of earth
Ascends to us life's fevered surge,
Wealth's excess, the rage of dearth,
Smoke of death meals on the gallow's verge;
Greed without end, imprisoned air;
Murderers' hands, usurers' hands, hands of prayer;
Exhales in foetid breath the human swarm
Whipped on by fear and lust, blood raw, blood warm,
Breathing blessedness and savage heats,
Eating itself and spewing what it eats,
Hatching war and lovely art,
Decking out with idiot craze
Bawdy houses while they blaze,
Through the childish fair-time mart
Weltering to its own decay
In the glare of pleasure's way,
Rising for each newborn and then
Sinking for each to dust again.

But we above you ever more residing
In the ether's star translumined ice
Know not day nor night nor time's dividing,
Wear nor age nor sex for our device.
All your sins and anguish self-affrighting,
Your murders and lascivious delighting
Are to us but as a show
Like the suns that circling go,
Changing not our day for night;
On your frenzied life we spy,
And refresh ourselves thereafter
With the stars in order fleeing;
Our breath is winter; in our sight
Fawns the dragon of the sky;
Cool and unchanging is our eternal being,
Cool and star bright is our eternal laughter.
  • May apply to amoebas and cold stars. Distant brilliance. Who wrote it?
    • Hermann Hesse. It is my favourite poem ever. Tomorrow will be Matthew Arnold, with my favourite poem ever. It, however, has some context problems, so I posted this one first. ;^)
  • Oooooh Hesse! I love his prose but I've never read any of his poetry, so thanks for this.
    • Well, this is from Steppenwolf. I was so excited when I first saw it I memorised it before I even read further. 8^D Thank you for reading! National Poetry Month is great. I can post poems! It's easy!
  • Oh this is a great idea! Maybe we should discuss poems tomorrow during our session!
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