Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sailboat — a Poem by Stacy Rae Lake

photo © Stacy Rae Lake 2019
A sailboat's dream is to dream big.

An earth angel with cement wings and heavy feet
cries out far and deep inside for help

Her very core
now dry and alien

She is drifting lost with an ill fated humanity.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Émile Nelligan et la Beauté cruelle

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
Le 24 juin c'est La Fête Nationale du Quebec.

Certe, il ne faut avoir qu'un amour en ce monde,
Un amour, rien qu'un seul, tout fantasque soit-il;
Et moi qui le recherche ainsi, noble et subtil,
Voilà qu'il m'est à l'âme une entaille profonde.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Little Houses by Russell Rosander

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
Little houses...

We all live in little houses
without any trousers,
where all the walls are mirrors.
Where all of our senses
and all our defenses
reflect only our desires and our fears.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Lionel Johnson and The Precept of Silence

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
The precept of silence in a bottle of absinthe.

I Know you: solitary griefs
Desolate passions, aching hours!
I know you: tremulous beliefs,
Agonized hopes, and ashen flowers!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

What It's All About: A Sailing Poem

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
Sailing is the noblest and the best-compensated of all the arts.

No, you cannot find the world of waters in a motor boat.
You cannot help but find it in a sailboat,
for that world of water and sky, wind and tide,
is not only about you but part of you as well.
It is your motor as well as your resistance —
your safeguard as well as your enemy.