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Poetry Friday: Atlantis - A Lost Sonnet by Eavan Boland

March 26th, 2010 (07:41 am)
thirsty

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Crank It Up by Ashley Tisdale

How on earth did it happen, I used to wonder
that a whole city - arches, pillars, colonnades,
not to mention vehicles and animals - had all
one fine day gone under?
I mean, I said to myself, the world was small then.
Surely a great city must have been missed?
I miss our old city -
white pepper, white pudding, you and I meeting
under fanlights and low skies to go home in it. Maybe
what really happened is
this: the old fable-makers searched hard for a word
to convey that what is gone is gone forever and
never found it. And so, in the best traditions of
where we come from, they gave their sorrow a name
and drowned it.

- Atlantis - A Lost Sonnet by Eavan Boland

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Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)

Wow. That's really beautiful and sad.

Jules
7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
look up

Isn't it?

Posted by: Laurie Beth Schneider (idaho_laurie)
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)

I love this...and it takes me back many many years ago when I had a poetry class with the wild and windblown Eavan Boland.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)

Ooh, you did? How was the class? I only just learned of her, via this poem, which one of my student-customers shared as she studied it for classwork.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 28th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)

I like how and what it considers.

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