About the site: This blog started as a place to house poems, favorites and original poems. Towards the end of ModPo 1, I added a blogroll of blogs showcasing poetic works by ModPo students and friends. Now, we are entering the 10th year of ModPO, and we continue this tradition. We hope it provides a useful place for repose, reflection and reading. Hope you enjoy your visit here and look forward to seeing you again. New poems, links and blogs are constantly being added and updated.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
December 14, 2013 meeting of the DC Politics and Prose Poets Society
Today Isn’t Everything
by Pablo Neruda
Something of yesterday clings to today,
a flag or a potsherd;
or simply a notion of light,
the scum on a midnight’s aquarium,
an unwithering thread---
essential tenacity, gold in the air:
something persists, whatever passes away
a little diminished, to fall under the arrows
of the hostile sun and its combats.
in the glowing autonomy
of the positive day
that we lived
did a portent of seagulls
stay on, circling back as if it would stagger
the mix of its blue with the blue
that had vanished?
I tell you:
Inside the light
your soul makes its circle,
refining itself to extinction,
or enlarging its rings like the stroke of a bell.
And between death and rebirth
the space is less grand
than we thought, the frontier
Light’s shape is round as a ring
and we move ourselves by its movements.
Translation: Ben Belitt From Late and Posthumous Poems: 1968-1974