Rosa's Poetry Archives

by Kay Ryan

From the Greek for
woven or plaited
which quickly translated
to basket. Whence the verb
crib, which meant "to filch"
under cover of wicker
anything-some liquor
a cutlet.
For we want to make off
with things that are not
our own. There is a pleasure
theft brings, a vitality
to the home.
Cribbed objects or answers
keep thier guilty shimmer
forever, have you noticed?
Yet religions downplay this.
Note for instance, in our
annual rehearsals of innocence,
the substitution of manger for crib-
as if we ever deserved that baby,
or thought we did.

1 comment:

Susan Harwood said...

Dear Rosa

Been a bit busy . . . two new blogs . . . children back at school.

Fascinating cultural glimpses through your blog. Epiphany has always been part of our Christmas . . . that is when we put 'the kings' in our crib. However, we don't have actual celebrations for it; just a significant shift in awareness.

Is 'Candlemas' part of your year? And I think Tenebrae might appeal to your sense of the dramatic. It is not often used here but it is very powerful and easily adapted for informal settings as well as Church ones.

Although I think you and I come from very different Church backgrounds . . . and although my spiritual life has been under challenge for the last few years (long story!) I am frequently encouraged by your approach to things - with which I nearly always identify and find enormously encouraging . . . partly because, in the normal way of things, I hardly ever agree with anything or anyone otherwise!

In case you are interested - the TIMES RHYMES blog is now up and running - nursery rhymes to help people (including children!) learn their times tables.

Must now run to persuade my son that he really does have to wash his hair and my daughter that she really must get into her pyjamas!

Hope all's well.

This is the address for TIMES RHYMES



Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.