Saturday, April 08, 2006

In which David Doesn't Like Poetry

I've never liked reading poetry - although I've occasionally enjoyed poets reading out loud as long as they were upbeat and funny.

On NPR's Saturday Morning Edition I heard the host, Scott Simon, interview a poet named Edward Hirsch. (Click here and you can hear it too.)

Together they read a poem by someone named William Matthews. I guess it's called "the four subjects of poetry" Here it is:

Copyright 2004 David Ocker

"1. I went out into the woods today, and it made me feel, you know, sort of religious.

Copyright 2004 David Ocker2. We're not getting any younger.

Copyright 2004 David Ocker
3. It sure is cold and lonely (a) without you, honey, or (b) with you, honey.

Copyright 2004 David Ocker4. Sadness seems but the other side of the coin of happiness, and vice versa, and in any case the coin is too soon spent, and on what we know not what."

And I thought - "Yes, that was perfectly expressed. It explains exactly why I don't like poetry."

For no apparent reason I've illustrated the poem with photos from our December 2004 trip to Mexico.

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