poetry.

Whenever I come upon poems (which does not happen as often as it ought), I am reminded of their obscene absence in my life.

I am crossing off the “quotes” task on my to-do list and updating my quote journal. This includes a few poems that fellow bloggers have deigned to share lately. Perhaps you will enjoy them as well.

A Noiseless, Patient Spider (Walt Whitman) via Stefanie

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.


When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be (John Keats) via kiss a cloud

When I have fears that I may cease to be
    Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
    Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
    Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
    Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
    That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
    Of unreflecting love; — then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

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