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Poetry Friday: Light-years by Hester Knibbe

February 23rd, 2018 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix

It's a beautiful world, you said,
with these trees, marshes, deserts,
grasses, rivers and seas

and so on. And the moon is really something
in its circuits
of relative radiance. Include

the wingèd M, voluptuous
Venus, hotheaded Mars, that lucky devil
J and cranky Saturn, of course, plus

U and N and the wanderer P, in short
the whole solar family, complete with its
Milky Way, and count up all the other

systems with dots and spots and in
that endless emptiness what you've got
is a commotion of you-know-what. It's a beautiful

universe, you said, just take a good look
through the desert's dark glasses
for instance or on your back

in seas of grass, take a good look
at the deluge of that Rorschach - we're standing out there
somewhere, together.

- Light-years by Hester Knibbe, translated by Jacquelyn Pope

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Posted by: Liz Steinglass (Liz Steinglass)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2018 10:41 pm (UTC)

I don't know this poet but the poem feels like a mad rush of thoughts, just like you'd get if you were out at night looking up at the stars.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 24th, 2018 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: comment

The night sky can be so beautiful!

Check out some of Hester's other pieces:

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: February 26th, 2018 04:16 pm (UTC)

It is a beautiful world--with layer upon layer rushing in at us if we just take the time to lie in the grass and look.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 26th, 2018 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: beautiful

Yes. Look up. Look around. Look, listen, learn.

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