April 8, 2009

Poems for April 6th and 7th, 2009

The poem for April 6th was “seeded” with a word picked at random, which suggested a Bible verse:


Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. –Matthew 13:44

Treasures are the swag of adventures,
what pirates and dragon-slayers have;
spoil and booty aren’t for the likes of me.
Dividends don’t smell of seaspray,
no glamor clings to a bank statement,
and legends don’t follow a 401(k), however cursed.
My wealth is a bodyguard, not a trophy,
and though it’s small, I hope it’s a David at need.
I’m not rich much anymore, not like when I was young:
my goods have spoiled me.
So tell me, Jesus, haven’t I paid the great price
for this burden, yea, all that I am?
Can I get through that needle now?

–Carl Bettis


The poem for April 7th is a pantoum (if I’ve remembered the form correctly):

April Freeze

The year’s been moody:
bud, snow; blossom, freeze.
I’m just getting started on life–
bald shins and shaky hands.

Bud, snow; blossom, freeze;
the daffodils died young.
Bald shins and shaky hands,
what will they become?

The daffodils died young,
spring’s first fly came early.
What will they become,
dreams that dried on the branch?

Spring’s first fly came early,
sure of summer but hungry now.
Dreams that dried on the branch?
Still sweet, still waiting for me.

Sure of summer but hungry now,
I’m just getting started on life.
Still sweet, still waiting for me,
the year’s been moody.

–Carl Bettis


1 Comment »

  1. Good poems. Speaking of treasures and such, I’ve started reading “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth” by Margaret Atwood. It’s non-fiction, and 45 pages in, a pretty interesting read so far. She exams the concept of debt, as in “What do we owe each other, and why do we think we owe it?”

    Comment by thedamari — April 9, 2009 @ 7:33 am | Reply

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