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anselm’s webern poem

January 11th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Poet, Poetry, Uncategorized

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

1

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

2

“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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