I am absolutely astounded at myself in reference to this piece of literature that I have just written. I was contemplating in my mind the poem “What is a Dream?” that I have been working on for over a month. I had been researching, on line, different approaches to dreams by different poets: Shakespeare, Yeats, Dickinson, Frost, Etc. I came across an American poet named Gary Snyder. I was reading his poems and was struck by their different structure in that they didn’t rhyme. I have read other works that were to me disjointed and to me non sensible such as Ezra Pound. I am amazed that Pound is even famous being his work is so harsh and to me disquieting.
I had been working in my garden this day and planting shrubs and moving others. I believe this to be hereditary because my mother could make a fence post take root and it seems I have a green thumb also as did my brother, Gene. I enjoy putting my hands in rich soil and making things grow, enriching the soil and being a steward to my domain. I have often pondered the duality of my soul because I am a fearsome warrior but also a farmer and husband to the earth.
It just came to me to write about my connection to the earth and soil and to all living things. I proceeded to the computer and in thirty minutes had the draft you see below. It doesn’t rhyme but is beautiful in its own context, a simple narrative of a sublime experience.
I am so satisfied with myself that I could shout out loud. I pondered using giggle but I am too homophobic to consider using that word. I am truly pleased with this piece and astounded at its spontaneity, it came so easily.
I may make a second attempt at making it rhyme in that it’s the way I like to read them in sort of a sing-song lyrical. I read Shakespeare and am continually amazed by the genius of his works. Shakespeare’s words are old English but flow with such rhythmic continuity that I am amazed, enthralled, impressed, I can’t find a word for the way it affects me.
The following poem is probably the third edition of this poem since I continually revisit them and edit them. Enjoy