Thursday, July 26, 2007

Poem for the Day

Haven't done one of these in ages. This is from Heather McHugh's The Father of the Predicaments.

Etymological Dirge

* "'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear"

Calm comes from burning.

Tall comes from fast.

Comely doesn't come from come.

Person comes from mask.

The kin of charity is whore,

the root of charity is dear.

Incentive has its source in song

and winning in the sufferer.

Afford yourself what you can carry out.

A coward and a coda share a word.

We get our ugliness from fear.

We get our danger from the lord.

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