Guest poem sent in by Salima Virani
(Poem #1131) Adam's Complaint
Some people, no matter what you give them, still want the moon. The bread, the salt, white meat and dark, still hungry. The marriage bed and the cradle, still empty arms. You give them land, their own earth under their feet, still they take to the roads. And water: dig them the deepest well, still it's not deep enough to drink the moon from.
[Comments] This is one of those poems that is neither complimentary not critical. I love its matter-of-fact tone that almost shrugs and says 'that's just the way we are'. And for being so, it does not praise and neither does it condemn. So someone like me, who can so relate to this is left wondering if that's something I should be proud of..or ashamed of. If this poem were a question posed to me or an allegation made at me..then in my defence I would only say this, so beautifully captured by Yevgeny Yevtushenko: "No, I'll not take the half" No, I'll not take the half, Give me the whole sky! The far-flung earth! Seas and rivers and mountain avalanches-- All these are mine! I'll accept no less! No, life, you cannot woo me with a part. Let it be all or nothing! I can shoulder that! I don't want happiness by halves, Nor is half of sorrow what I want. Yet there's a pillow I would share, Where gently pressed against a cheek, Like a helpless star, a falling star, A ring glimmers on a finger of your hand. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko [Bio] Denise Levertov [1923 - ]: Denise Levertov was born on October 24, 1923 In Ilford, Essex, England. Her first collection of poetry, published in 1946 - The Double Image - was not met with success. In 1957 she released Here and Now and quickly followed with a collection entitled Overland to the Islands. During the 1960's, this prolific writer created five more volumes of verse. For more, go here: http://www.rooknet.com/beatpage/writers/levertov.html Yevgeny Yevtushenko [1933 - ] Internationally best known poet of the post-Stalin generation of Russian poets. His early poems show influence of Mayakovsky and loyalty to communism, but with such work as The Third Snow (1955). Yevtushenko became a spokesman for the young generation. For more, go here: http://boppin.com/poets/yevtushenko.htm Salima