9.03.2008

Rosa's Poetry Archives: Antonio Machado

Poetry group at my house tonight. I really needed this, this gathering of women, the reading of words & critiquing of each other's work; all of us serving as sub-creators (as Tolkien so famously put it). Tonight I was reminded again of how God continually invites us into this role, and the mighty act of subduing creation.

It turns out I really needed the laying on of hands at the end as well as Pablo Neruda's 'Ode To My Socks'. Which was so funny and wise. But it's not Neruda who makes a guest appearance on rosa-sinensis, it's someone else that Rae brought with her, in a quiet-looking, non-descript little library book. Which leads to some adage or another about books and their covers.....


Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

Antonio Machado
(1875-1939)

(and thanks to tintalasia for the lovely bee photo-keep it up!)

5 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

Pablo Neruda - I once had a book of his poetry - I loved it.

Then I met someone who was so severely mentally ill, she was rarely able to speak.

I don't know why - but I leant it to her. She too loved it kept it.

I miss it - but I am also glad it was something she could relate to in her trauma.

Lucy

rosa said...

Lucy,
I think we both know the poweful ministrations of poetry. I am glad to see you blogging again! Hope all is well-our love to the sand, sky and sea of your homeland!

Susan Harwood said...

I'm not really blogging properly again yet - just trundling along with PICTURES JUST PICTURES and finding time to read other people's blogs a bit.

About which . . . quite a while back, you did a post about loosing your mobile phone and asking God to help you find it and, when you found it, although you knew it was a small event in the greater scheme of things, you were grateful to God that it had turned up . . .

I was reminded of this when I read a post (3rd September) with the title 'Serendipity' by a blogger called Heather on her blog Still Life . . .

This is the link

http://heather-still-life.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

Hi - I am Heather from 'Still Life'! Loved the entry about your phone. I can really relate to it :)

This is an amzing poem, and one I haven't read before. Thank you so much for posting it.

rosa said...

Heather, thank you for visiting!

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.