April 18, 2013

Poem On Your Blog Day, 2013

With the recent bombing in Boston, I decided at the last minute to post this Yusef Komunyakaa poem for Poem On Your Blog Day:

Rock Me, Mercy

The river stones are listening because we have something to say.
The trees lean closer today.
The singing in the electrical woods has gone down.
It looks like rain, because it is too warm to snow.
Guardian angels,
Wherever youíre hiding, we know you canít be everywhere at once.
Have you corralled all the pretty wild horses?
The memory of ants asleep and day lilies, roses, holly and larkspur?
The magpies gaze at us, still waiting.
River stones are listening.
But all we can say now is mercy, please rock me.

- Written in Mourning by Yusef Komunyakaa

I stumbled unto this poem while reading poet Ocean Vuong's website. The poem was written in response to the Newtown massacre this past December.

Posted by ronn at April 18, 2013 09:54 AM

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