EMILY, WALKING1

I started Early – Took my Dog –
And went against the World –
I had no Cause to be awake –
Creator – Was it you?

A Murmur in the Trees – to note –
And in the Handsome Skies
The Motions of the Dipping Birds –
A pleading Pageantry –

A chilly Peace infests the Grass
Of which it is the sign –
The things we thought that we should do
Make Life a sudden price.

This Me – that walks and works – must die,
The great exchange of clime –
A darting fear – a pomp – a tear –
And the Surrender – Mine –

 

Mary E. Moore
The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems,
Theresa Welford, Editor,
Red Hen Press, October, 2011

1 A cento (patchwork poem) from Emily Dickinson. Each
  line is taken from a different one of her poems (titled by
  number) in the following order: #s 520, 540, 542, 564,
  416, 413, 327, 582, 1443, 1700, 1293, 1610, 1588, 1762,
  87 and 718.

 

 

 

 

VIEW FROM A HOTEL IN
CONSHOHOCKEN, PENNSYLVANIA2

In my room, the world is beyond my understanding;
It is the window that makes it difficult
To stop the whirlwind, balk the elements.

Poetry is a finikin thing of air
Singing, with smaller and still smaller sound,
Is a cloud in which a voice mumbles.

The poet mumbles and the painter sees,
But muted, mused, and perfectly revolved
Since what we think is never what we see.

The plainess of plain things is savagery
In a repetitiousness of men and flies.
Pipperoo, pippera, pipperum . . . The rest is rot.

Widen your sense. All things in the sun are sun.
Was the sun concoct for angels or for men?
How high that highest candle lights the dark.

A blue pigeon it is, that circles the blue sky,
Among the choirs of wind and wet and wing.
And I taste at the root of the tongue the unreal of what is real.

Mary E. Moore
The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems,
Theresa Welford, Editor,
Red Hen Press, October, 2011

2 A cento (patchwork poem) from The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens.
  Each line is taken from the Vintage Paperback Edition, 1990, pages: 57, 478
  401, 155, 508, 303, 443, 45, 460, 467, 502, 230, 104, 137, 524, 17, 13 and
  313 respectively.

 

 

 

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