anselm’s webern poem

This morning, thinking of old friend Anselm Hollo now in hospice, I read into MAYA, that gorgeous 1970 Cape Golliard book of his, gathering poems from 1959 to 1969. Here is the one that spoke to me most right now:

w e b e r n


switch off the light
the trees stand together

easier then
to be in our bodies

growing quietly
‘dem tode entgegen’

slow it is
a slow business

to grow a few words
to say love


“who will have mercy upon us
if we
     have none”

merci  is thanks
say thanks
for the small mercies

such as the breath
and the hand
      still moving

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3 opinions on “anselm’s webern poem”

  1. It’s powerful stuff – I wish I were have effective with such minimal speech. He makes the slow business, the small mercies, seem so much more graceful than felt at times.

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