Poetry Friday: James Wright

h1 September 14th, 2007 by eisha

ponies-eat.jpgI just discovered James Wright, and I’m so enamored of so many of his poems that it’s hard to choose just one to share. But I think I’ll go with one of his happier ones, something lovely and wild. Something with ponies.

“A Blessing”

…We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs…

Read the rest of the poem here. And have a lovely Friday.

10 comments to “Poetry Friday: James Wright”

  1. I love that poem, too, Eisha.

  2. I’m with Susan — I love that one too.

  3. This has been in top three for a very long time and thank you thank you thank you….

  4. Oh I’m swooning. That really is beautiful. I love that eyes-darkening-with-kindness moment. Thanks, E!

  5. So many beautiful moments in this, E.
    My first J. Wright poem, too. That last line is sublime :). Thank you!

  6. Thanks, ya’ll – glad you liked it too. And yes, that last line is quite a beauty.

  7. Eisha,

    Lovely poem–a fine selection for Poetry Friday!

  8. “They bow shyly as wet swans.” How beautiful, as is the rest of the poem.

  9. One of my favorites. Have you read any Franz Wright? Dark and simple and staggeringly beautiful.

  10. Nope, but I’ll look for him. Thanks!

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