Monday, January 15, 2007

The Breath

This poem is of course inspired by William Carlos Williams' poem "The Red Wheelbarrow". However, the class across the hall from me just wrote imitation poems with topics like "so much depends on a chicken box" and "so much depends on the ketchup" which had me thinking of topics. While at yoga the other night, I decided so much depends upon the breath. Here's my contribution to a Williams imitation.

The Breath

so much depends
upon
the breath

skating
through a stiff
lung

to lean
against
a bony
spine

4 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

Nice. I always appreciate how you write beautiful poems about things we take for granted.

and to answer your question - yes...i have read the book you speak of, and was quite moved.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous slynne said...

This is incredibly, incredibly beautiful and moving and wonderful. I am so glad that I came by to read this afternoon. Thank you.

Often, I tend to feel that poets don't read enought these days. Well, blogging poets, anyway. Sometimes, when we do poetical shout outs like this one, we do it sloppy. There is NOTHING sloppy about this poem, though. You've done a lovely sort of homage.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

lovely!

and...you know..so much DOES depend on a chicken box.

hee.

i will have to go upstairs and read them all!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Liza Lee Miller said...

Very nice job. I love WCW's poetry. Your imitation is definitely flattery! Nice job.

10:59 PM  

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