Thursday, July 28, 2016

209: Love Grew Downward

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/275594171" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]Once more from A Native Clearing, this time a poem by a poet hitherto unknown to me. The poem is Love Grew Downward by G. Burce Bunao. The poem is constructed from fundamentally simple words (exception perhaps of calyx - the protective layer covering the petals of a flower) but in surprising arrangements. I particularly liked the sixth stanza, "So water-wet / The fire, / So wet / the water-fire" Such seemingly contrary arrangements stretch the imagination. What does the poem really mean? I don't know. But I enjoyed the imagery.

Unfortunately I cannot find any ready information on the poet. From Prof. Jimmy Abad's book, I know he was born in 1926. An obit that Google turned up says that he dies in 2010. I may have to look for other sources to learn about his life and other works.

Another good day at work today. Often we find ourselves cheering as we hit this milestone or that. There's more work ahead but it is something to look forward to. I like working with young people, except perhaps that reminds me that I am now the oldest in the office. Aw.