Richard Wilbur passed away on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Poet, Author, Translator, and winner of numerous awards, Wilbur is considered by many to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
Those of you who have been with me for a while know I am not a huge fan of poetry, but I do read some. The poetry of Richard Wilbur has always been something I have been drawn to. Below is one of his poems, in honor of the Autumn season.
The Beautiful Changes – Richard Wilbur
One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.
The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.
Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
As someone who is not a huge fan of poetry, I once again found much joy, comfort, and peace in the poetry of Louis Alan Swartz. There is something here for everyone; and by everyone, I truly mean everyone. This is volume two to the book of poems titled Constructed of Magic. You can find that book here: Constructed of Magic paperback book
On to Magic Realized, and look at this beautiful cover!
As no two people will read the same poem in the same way, or take away the same meaning, it can be difficult to express what these poems mean to me. Surely they will mean something different to you? Of course they will; your experiences are different than mine! That is what makes poetry so meaningful, and important.
Some of my favorites?
He Loves. The things a man sees and experiences at different points throughout a day, and how they bring him joy, and love.
When We Played with Wooden Toys. A reminder of times much simpler, more than they could ever be now. Don’t we all want to go back, just one more time?
Street Scene. The bare honesty that we can only truly get from a child.
He Never Began to Live. Relatable. Seen this more times than I care to remember.
Drawing Out the Magnificence. Everyone should be required to read this. A little understanding and empathy goes a long way.
Creations. This poem made me feel warmth; I could picture, smell, and feel every description as if I were experiencing it right at that moment.
There are so many beautiful poems here, on life, love, living, family, and relationships. How to love, live, and let go when necessary.
Do you write or read poetry? Who is your favorite?
Constructed of Magic and Other Poems on the Immortality of the Human Spirit by Louis Alan Swartz has a variety of chapters on subjects we can all probably relate to, such as death, love and marriage, children, sanctity, and hope, among others. I do not usually read very much poetry, but when I find poetry that I like, it tends to stay with me.
Such is the case with this book. It is filled with moving poetry that you can relate to, and understand, and truly feel. An excerpt from a poem titled “You Should Have Been Here Tonight”:
You should have been here tonight.
In truth you were here.
In the last light of sunset
There was a laughing presence
Unmistakable at the gardens edge.
Filled with beautiful imagery and positive energy, these poems paint a picture in the mind’s eye of the way things used to be, the way things could be, and the way things should be. You will easily find comfort from the poems on these pages.
Elizabeth was a poet in England during the Victorian era. She was married to the poet Robert Browning, and her success far surpassed his. She was born into a wealthy family, her father the owner of numerous sugar plantations in Jamaica. She was obsessed with books, which she saw as a way to escape from her siblings (8 brothers and two sisters). she was 20 years old when she presented her first collection of poetry.