Absurdity, Allegory and China

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January 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Meditation Poet

I am in the retreat, day sixteen
and I can’t get my mind off of anapest;
like an owl swooping down through the dark.
But I know in my heart,
in the deepest, most sanctified center
the word that is driving me crazy
is a fucking dactyl.
anapest is a dactyl
and, Jesus, dactyl is a trochee,
but trochaic is an amphibrach.
Don’t get me started on the iamb,
because I am just trying to breathe.

© Jim Gourley, 2009


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MMG // Jan 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for posting yourself reading it! Lovely!

  • 2 Marilyn Taylor // Jan 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Jim, this has gone straight into my file of terrific poems on form, and it’ll be the first out of the box for my students next spring. A delight. And very very funny.

  • 3 jg // Jan 19, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Thank you, Marilyn. There are times when poetry needs to be fun, and this was one of those times. Good luck with the students.

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