Friday, June 21, 2013

Ideas, They Come and Sometimes Go

An idea came to me
for a rhyme, a poem
Well fine - I say - stay - awhile, we'll talk.
Tell me a little more about yourself.
       So it whispered a few words in my ear.
So that's the story - I say - intriguing.
These matters have long weighed upon my heart.
But  a poem about them? I don't think so.
      So it whispered a few words in my ear.
It may seem that way - I reply -
but you overestimate my gifts and powers.
I wouldn't even know where to start.
       So it whispered a few words in my ear.
You're wrong - I say - a short pithy poem
is much harder than a long one.
Don't pester me, don't nag, it won't turn out.          
        So it whispered a few words in my ear.
All right then, I'll try since you insist.
But don't say I didn't warn you.
I write, tear it up, and toss it out.
        So it whispered a few words in my ear.
You're right - I say - there are always other poets.
Some of them can do it better.
I'll give you names and addresses.
        So it whispered a few words in my ear.
Of course I'll envy them.
We envy even the weak poems.
But this one should... it aught to have...
       So it whispered a few words in my ear.
Exactly, it aught to have the qualities you've listed.
So let's just change the subject.
How about a cup of coffee?

It just sighed

And started vanishing.

And vanished.

An Idea by Wislawa Szymborska

Happy weekend all! Thank you for your support and encouragement, it always means so much to me.
*ps, I'm spending a lot of time in the studio, pardon me if I haven't returned your notes in a prompt manner, please don't perceive me as snooty, I'm not, I'm just busy.

Love, Ro


  1. Well, you know this one just shot me straight in the heart!

    Have a gorgeous weekend, Ro. More lovely rain today...I hope it makes its way down to you!


  2. Hi Ro-

    I continue to love your taste in poetry :). Thanks for this W. Szymborska poem! LOVE the colors of those blooms too.

    Glad to picture you as a busy bee in your beautiful studio!

    Hope all the Darrows have a marvelous weekend ~

  3. Great poem!
    Enjoy your weekend :)

  4. What a remarkable poet she was!!! Thanks for posting!
    Oh Ro, your recent pieces on the blog & etsy are gorgeous. REALLY admire your creativity & skill. I find so much surprise & delight in each new posting!!!!
    Hope that handsome redtail is still helping reduce the ground squirrel population :) Enjoy your studio & non studio time. xoxoxo

  5. Thank you for this...enjoy your first weekend of summer, busy in the studio!!!

  6. you're not snooty....i just had to say the word by itself. [smile]
    snoot was one of my mother's favourite words.

    BUSY. that's what YOU are!!

    love the poem.

    and: happy solstice.