The Poet Has Gone

It’s comfortably cold here-

Winter birds have all come-

The pond is full

With water, tree-shadows and fish-

The blue sky seems dreamy,

So are the night stars-

Things of beauty,

Scattered everywhere

Like a Mary Oliver page-

Yet there’s an uncanny calm-

Where’s the ecstasy gone

With the “luminous fruits”,

“emerald eddies”, “lean owls”

“egrets”, “daisies” and all……

When I close my eyes

I see ‘red’

What’s burning, methinks-

A fire in a forest in a faraway land

Or a heart?

An ear of mine catches a note-

Is it a dirge in the woods?

May be-

A poet is gone-

Words in inverted commas are from Mary Oliver’s Poems

 

Posted for Poetry Pantry #436 @ Poets United

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23 thoughts on “The Poet Has Gone

  1. This is a work of art, Sumana. I wonder too – who will write about all the things she wrote about now that she is gone! There definitely must be a dirge playing in the woods – somewhere- now that she has passed. She was a poet like no other!

  2. Sumana this is utterly stunning! 💞I love how you weave the images that remind us of Mary Oliver and honour her memory. A gem of a poem! 🙂

  3. What’s burning, methinks-
    A fire in a forest in a faraway land
    Or a heart?

    —- this is such a wonderfully startling image, after the cascade through the landscape …. and it is filled with a tenderness that is startling, yet oh so beautiful ….

    lovely poem and a wonderful way to celebrate a poet’s life and consider the legacy – while creating your own body of words, in your unique voice 🙂

  4. Luv the scattering of stars in the night sky. How beautifully you have celebrated the life of Mary Oliver.
    Happy Sunday

    Much💖💖💖 love

  5. A touching tribute! I like how you have incorporated words from her poem. You have immortalized her through your creation.
    She may be gone but her words linger on!

  6. “Things of beauty,
    Scattered everywhere
    Like a Mary Oliver page-” She sure did expand our ways of seeing!
    And I, too, have seen red at her departure. No poem yet, though.

Thank You :)

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