Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dot's Poetry Corner

My friend Stephanie recently started a blog Psyche's Candle to share some of her original poetry in addition to poetry that she fancies. She has inspired me to share some of the stuff I keep squirreled away in my faerie journal. (Yes I have a faerie journal, It's a journal with a faerie on it)
I thought I might share some of my favorite poems with you from time to time.

This poem is by one of my favorite poets, Robert Frost.
This poem, along with six others, were turned into the Frostiana Suite.
It is a stunning piece of choral work composed by Randall Thompson.
I'll be singing this song with the Salt Lake Men's Choir on March 14th. Hint... Hint...
Please to enjoy...

Choose Something Like a Star

by Robert Frost - 1947

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud --
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.

It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats' Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

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