Category: Poems about Poetry

Cloud Castles

Every longing princess
can have a white knight on a charger

and every lonely child a puppy

Inspiration for this poem came from a 12th century Korean poem;  Summer Clouds, by Chong Chisang 

Sunny day: in the heart of the skyfloating clouds form peaks.

A monk at the sight wonders if there’s a temple there.

A crane looking on regrets the absence of pine.

A flash of lightning is the woodsman’s axe;

a peal of thunder is the bell of the hidden temple.

Who said mountains don’t move?

In the wind that rises with the fading light they fly!

In Greece

In Greece I remember and meet myself everywhere
I am Socrates questioning
I am the athlete striving, the architect planning, the builder building, the potter shaping, the sculptor seeking, the warrior dying and the poet pointing

In Greece I am all men and all gods as well and I remember how many times, in this life alone I have pushed the rock endlessly uphill carried the world on my shoulders had my liver eaten by the savage bird 
How many times I have fallen in love with my own reflection reached out for the sweet grapes and sweet water to find them moving always beyond my grasp
been forced to echo only what others have said
tied myself to the mast to resist the siren's call
Fought in a thousand wars full out on the open field or sea or hidden in the belly of a wooden horse

In memory of Pere, who lit and fanned the love of the Greeks in the author and others; and to Kevin Anderson, this year’s recipient of the Pere Athol Murray award presented to the Notre Dame student who best exemplifies the characteristics, principles and ideals he modelled and taught.