Guest poem submitted by Sam Dent:
(Poem #998) A blade of grass
You ask for a poem. I offer you a blade of grass. You say it is not good enough. You ask for a poem. I say this blade of grass will do. It has dressed itself in frost, It is more immediate Than any image of my making. You say it is not a poem, It is a blade of grass and grass Is not quite good enough. I offer you a blade of grass. You are indignant. You say it is too easy to offer grass. It is absurd. Anyone can offer a blade of grass. You ask for a poem. And so I write you a tragedy about How a blade of grass Becomes more and more difficult to offer, And about how as you grow older A blade of grass Becomes more difficult to accept.
Since you are now on the theme of love poetry, I must send you this one. I can't believe you have no Brian Patten yet, I hope this will encourage a few people to track down his work. He and Adrian Mitchell are, in my opinion, the finest modern poets. The beauty of this poem is in its simplicity, and how the images seem to stay with you. Sam. [Minstrels Links] Comparison to Adrian Mitchell is high praise indeed; check out the following poems on the Minstrels website to see what I mean: Poem #28, To Whom It May Concern Poem #95, Nostalgia - Now Threepence Off Poem #211, The Oxford Hysteria of English Poetry Poem #337, Jimmy Giuffre Plays 'The Easy Way' Poem #397, Ancestors Poem #623, Ten Ways to Avoid Lending Your Wheelbarrow to Anybody Poem #810, Beatrix is Three Poem #894, Watch Your Step - I'm Drenched