Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Some aggravations include the whole world.
What can you do?  An old pulp-cutter
Longs to die, imagines
The Easter nails.
On his Icelandic farm, Guttorm hears
The news: his two sons
Dead.  He pulls the covers
Up over his head.
Some oak leaves hang, others fall.
The body says, "It's all right
To die.  It's not an insult
To the world."

~ Robert Bly
from Morning Poems