June 13, 2011

Summer Poetry Challenge: Week 3

I did it! I passed off INVICTUS, by William Earnest Henley (who, by the way, makes a great shirt), and there was much clapping and cheering. Then I made my family clap and cheer, too.

They said next time I need to memorize something with rainbows and butterflies and no blood. *sigh*

So, my next poem is one I remember analyzing in high school, but not memorizing. Though not a rainbow (sorry, kids), it reflects how I feel after our L-O-N-G Wyoming winters, with high blue skies above, but only browns beneath.

by Robert Frost

Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?

Since earth is earth, perhaps not heaven (as yet)--
Though some savants make earth include sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet.

Follow along with fellow Poetry Challenge participants over on Twitter using the hashtag #PoetrySummer


Robin Weeks said...

Very cool. Blue = heaven, right? Last line is awesome.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Beautiful poem. And I love Wyoming. At least northern Wyoming. =D Have family up in Basin and spent a couple of summers there as a teen. Many, many fond memories.

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