Recurring Themes (Written June 10)

Recurring Themes

 

There are themes that recur,

Like old age, death, and despair.

Sometimes a haunting dream

 

Will work itself out in words.

Nature’s beauty has come to seem

Like an antidote to these dark

 

Broodings. Anger is love’s

Rough exterior, like the bark

Of an old oak tree.

 

Whatever is strong enough

Will emerge on the page, free

From any control

 

That I might try to impose.

I’ve learned that my role

Is to watch and take note

 

Of the little things that make

All the difference. When I wrote

That a young boy, Ned, had lost

 

The sense of his own sexual

Identity, I did not know at what cost

This would be, for him and for me.

 

Fathers and sons, fathers and

Daughters, even when they flee

From each other, tie

 

So many of these poems

Together. I do not ask why.

Others explore the pure

 

Mechanics of the process,

As if that might be the cure

For such intense inwardness.

2 thoughts on “Recurring Themes (Written June 10)”

  1. “Whatever is strong
    Will emerge on the page, free
    From any control
    That I might try to impose.”

    I like that a lot, Ed.

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