Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For some reason I’ve been obsessed with photographing milkweeds this autumn. Here's a poem that's lovely and has a lot of personal meaning for me.


Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field.

   from Two Voices in a Field by Richard Wilbur

 This poem reminds of the fall my brother Bob was killed in a car accident. I think it's a hopeful poem. It reminds me that it's possible to go forth, live, love, and prosper, even after you have been totally shattered.



  1. I love your pictures, Ralph! I'd love to learn why the poem has a lot of personal meaning to you.

  2. Thanks, Rachel. I've added a comment to my blog to explain the personal connection I have to this poem.

  3. Dear Ralph--

    I enjoyed your workshops and visiting with you at the Reading Recovery Conference in Dallas, Texas. I was visiting a classroom the other day and a little boy shared his writing with me. I immediately thought of you and your book, Guy-Write. The topics on his foldable had crazy drawings and flames all around the words. It warmed my heart. Thanks for sharing your writing life with us!


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