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Poetry Friday: No Name by Emily Berry

August 8th, 2019 (06:00 pm)

Current Mood: peaceful
Current Song: Blue Ribbons by Fleurie

What can I tell you? It was a summer that seemed to be
making history — their personal history — almost before
it began, and they stood back slightly, still in it, but
observing it, saying “the summer this,” “the summer that,”
all the while it was going on. They became obsessed with
a fountain, for example, one they walked past each day,
how abundantly it would reach upwards and yet be pouring
back down itself the whole time — all winter this fountain
had been dry, not saying a word. What more can I tell you?
Oh, everything — like how they would walk home in
the evenings when the light was soft, anything bad sliding
off them, and they would feel owned, completely owned,
in a good way, by the air, which would touch them constantly,
sometimes urgently, sometimes lightly, just to let them know
it was there, and they would think maybe this is what being
alive is, when they saw how complicated a tree was and how
it wanted them looking at it and saying this, how the color
of a particular flower at this particular moment was redder
even than the life force, whatever that is, if you could open
it up and get right down inside it, if you could put your mouth
to it and become as red as that rose even, it was still redder
than that, and they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves
so they wouldn’t do anything except listen to the songs in their
heads which were sad ones like nearly all good songs and watch
this feeling rolling in, sunshine or rain, we don’t know yet,
it’s a good one, it’s the best one, though it has no name.

- No Name by Emily Berry

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: August 9th, 2019 01:17 pm (UTC)

I have few words for this. Emily Berry writes them all. Beautiful! And thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2019 01:50 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad I found this. Perfect timing for summer.

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: August 11th, 2019 12:30 am (UTC)

Such a beautiful summer poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 11th, 2019 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: beautiful

It wonderfully captures that time and those feelings.

Posted by: Molly Hogan (Molly Hogan)
Posted at: August 12th, 2019 02:54 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful poem! It simply sings of summer. Each line flows into the next beautiful line as naturally as the water in the fountain. Thanks so much for sharing it this week.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 12th, 2019 03:15 pm (UTC)

It's such a great story!

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