Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stanza Saturday (3)


Stanza Saturday is a new weekly post to share poetry from either a home collection or from the library.  Find a book of poems, any poet will do, and open up to a random page and post the first poem you see.  If the poem is rather lengthy, feel free to post just the first stanza and be sure to include the poem's title, the book's title, and the poet. ^_^

This week's poem is:

"The Snow King"
By Rita Dove

In a far far land where men are men
And women are sun and sky,
The snow king paces. And light throws
A gold patina on the white spaces
Where sparrows lie frozen in hallways.

And he weeps for the sparrows, their clumped feathers:
Where is the summer that lasts forever,
The night as soft as antelope eyes?
The snow king roams the lime-filled spaces,
His cracked heart a slow fire, a garnet.

I find this poem a bit ironic since in my state, summer does seem to last forever.  It doesn't seem a place that the snow king would frequent, though his visits do happen on occasion.  Also, we have an abundance of sparrows here.

What poem would you like to share today? ^_^


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