4.12.2015

The Sad Man

The moon, that sad man,
Comes through tears and protestations,
That sad man.

His almond eyes heavy
In shadowy backyard half-light
Stay awake.

Disenchanted stars
Stand still while mourning doves
Stay awake.

I sleep, wake, toss,
I sleep, wake from screaming,
Stay awake.

The sad man sighs down
Grasping heartbeams and resisting arrest,
That sad man.

#12 of 30 in April. Grace challenged the Real Toads to be inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens, someone whose poetry has long been an inspiration to me. This poem is something of a response to his poem The Brave Man. Not long ago I wrote this one: Ways of Looking at the Snow Moon

13 comments:

  1. The refrain of That sad man is very good Marian ~ The contrast in that stanza is particularly striking for me ~

    Thanks for linking up with Sunday's Challenge & wishing you happy week ~

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  2. This is stunning, such a beautiful counterpart to Stevens' poem. Love it! (wish I'd written it)

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  3. Fun reading, Marian. I feel a bit sorry for him. If he'd shuck the guy IN the moon he might feel a lot better. Free ride that guy is getting.
    ..

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  4. This is beautiful and bewilderingly melancholy all at once. Really good write.

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  5. What a wonderful poem. The melancholy and loneliness painted as the loneliness of moon is amazing.

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  6. "The sad man sighs down Grasping heartbeams and resisting arrest" Love that line. It seems it is such a melancholy moon.

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  7. Haunting! (Which I now see Mama Zen said too.)

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  8. Disenchanted stars
    Stand still while mourning doves
    Stay awake.... sadness seems to permeate everything in your poem as it does in reality when we become that sad man, too.

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  9. this reminds me of the second stanza of Shelley's The Moon...beautifully woven

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  10. Love the idea of the moon as a sad man!

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