Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reya's Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading

Anne, of Creating Text(iles), relayed an invitation (in honor of the Feast of St. Brigid) to a "bloggers' silent online poetry reading" hosted by Grace's Poppies. I was so excited that I posted three redundant comments to Grace's Poppies in an attempt to give her my correct Web address. They don't seem to go away gracefully.

Therefore, I am sitting here dressed in black, wearing a beret as I type a favorite poem by John Donne. I chose it for two reasons: it has an entomological theme, and I just don't have the stamina to type "An Anatomy of the World."

by John Donne
Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be.
Thou know'st that this cannot be said
A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead;
    Yet this enjoys before it woo,
    And pamper'd swells with one blood made of two;
    And this, alas! is more than we would do.

O stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, yea, more than married are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is.
Though parents grudge, and you, we're met,
And cloister'd in these living walls of jet.
    Though use make you apt to kill me,
    Let not to that self-murder added be,
    And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.

Cruel and sudden, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence?
Wherein could this flea guilty be,
Except in that drop which it suck'd from thee?
Yet thou triumph'st, and say'st that thou
Find'st not thyself nor me the weaker now.
'Tis true; then learn how false fears be;
Just so much honour, when thou yield'st to me,
Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee.


Reya Mellicker said...

I LOVE John Donne! Bravo!! ::WILD applause::

And you wore black plus a beret? Maybe I should be playing bongos ... do you think?

Your blog is fabulous. Would you like to be part of DC Blogs?

Anonymous said...

I Love Pocahontas! Good Job :)
Shireen Rauf