Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Poetry Post

Delicate Arch

Arches National Park
delicate arch

Redwoods National Park
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Most Like an Arch This Marriage
    by John Ciardi

Most like an arch—an entrance which upholds
and shores the stone-crush up the air like lace.
Mass made idea, and idea held in place.
A lock in time. Inside half-heaven unfolds.

Most like an arch—two weaknesses that lean
into a strength. Two fallings become firm.
Two joined abeyances become a term
naming the fact that teaches fact to mean.

Not quite that? Not much less. World as it is,
what’s strong and separate falters. All I do
at piling stone on stone apart from you
is roofless around nothing. Till we kiss

I am no more than upright and unset.
It is by falling in and in we make
the all-bearing point, for one another’s sake,
in faultless failing, raised by our own weight.


  1. Breaking into the pristine white...

    two weaknesses that lean
    into a strength
    - so GORGEOUS a line! Lovely poem, Jim.

    I am up WAY WAY too early, sans caffeine even as I have no coffee maker. I am just about to remedy that via

    Waiting for my sofabed delivery from IKEA. The fun part is going to be seeing which of my friends I can con--ahem--beg into helping me assemble the darn thing. ::g::

    I can't wait until all this furniture/redecoration gets DONE, so I can have my apartment back w/o the stacks o'boxes/clutter.

    Hope everyone has a lovely day!

  2. Wow you ARE up early, Maria! Thanks for making'll have to take pictures once you're all settled and box-less!

    GREAT images and poem. I love the idea of two leaning on each other to make one.

    Football Sunday with friends. Great music last night with friends. They made me feel like I belonged, after a week of the lonelies. It was nice, and perfectly timed. Now I just have to work on NOT thinking way too freaking much. And if one certain guy would stop messing with my mind/heart...

    Hope everyone has a peaceful day, and your teams all win!

  3. Sharks stomped their rivals the Ducks last night.

    Wes has a nasty cold and it's putting him on a low spot. I've got it, too, but still must go to the mimes. I might come home early, dunno.

    Waves and clings to kleenex. Ciao for niao.

  4. Gee, Jim... Lovely photos and lovely poem. I agree with Maria "Most like an arch—two weaknesses that lean into a strength." is the perfect line. John Ciardi must have know a wonderful marriage... and so do you, I'll bet.

    Beth, are you giving us a hint of someone in your present/future?

    It's tough for me to select a favorite between your two photos as they both are out in nature. For today, I'll take the arch in stone.

  5. Hallooo and a temporary goodbye. About to fall off the map for two weeks and not sure if I'll get back this way this side of Scotland. So, off to the high road. Hope everyone has a lovely couple of weeks.

  6. Have a WONDERFUL trip, Kelly!! Think of us as you're drinking a wonderful Scottish beer or eating a local delicacy, and we'll be there with you.

  7. CF, who knows? Met a guy, he chased me for weeks, we spent some time together, agreed that there was no commitment but we were enjoying each other's company and wanted to keep doing so - and then he vanished. Leaving me trying to figure out what the heck's going on. Men are definitely a different species. Sigh. Doesn't help the lonelies. Thanks for asking -

  8. Mornin'!

    Mason is snoozing at the moment, about to take him to church with us. Will be by later!

  9. Nice symmetry this weekend F's. :)

  10. Hey all, it was a great day.

    Two weekends ago we moved my mom's stuff from her appartment into storage. She was in a nursing home with a long term outlook that looked like long term nursing care. Today we moved her stuff into an assisted living appartment at the same Cincinnati facility. When we got all of her things moved in, she wheeled herself in to look at it. She was so happy! It was amazing to see how 10 weeks of nursing care had changed changed her attitude toward assisted living.

  11. Hey all, it's been a Mason kind of day here. :-) Nothing bad, he just needs a lot of attention & I've been the one to have to give it to him.

    Glad to hear it's working out with your mom, Jim. My aunt's in one of those & she likes it pretty well.

  12. (((Jim)))) so glad she's in an assisted living home she likes.