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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:37 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Sun 4/26/2009)
Telling The Bees

It fell to me to tell the bees,
though I had wanted another duty
to be the scribbler at his death,
there chart the third day's quickening.
But fate said no, it falls to you
to tell the bees, the middle daughter.
So it was written at your birth.
I wanted to keep the fire, working
the constant arranging and shifting
of the coals blown flaring,
my cheeks flushed red,
my bed laid down before the fire,
myself anonymous among the strangers
there who'd come and go.
But destiny said no. It falls
to you to tell the bees, it said.
I wanted to be the one to wash his linens,
boiling the death-soiled sheets,
using the waters for my tea.
I might have been the one to seal
his solitude with mud and thatch and string,
the webs he parted every morning,
the hounds' hair combed from brushes,
the dust swept into piles with sparrows' feathers.
Who makes the laws that live
inside the brick and mortar of a name,
selects the seeds, garden or wild,
brings forth the foliage grown up around it
through drought or blight or blossom,
the honey darkening in the bitter years,
the combs like funeral lace or wedding veils
steeped in oak gall and rainwater,
sequined of rent wings.
And so arrayed I set out, this once
obedient, toward the hives' domed skeps
on evening's hill, five tombs alight.
I thought I heard the thrash and moaning
of confinement, beyond the century,
a calling across dreams,
as if asked to make haste just out of sleep.
I knelt and waited.
The voice that found me gave the news.
Up flew the bees toward his orchards.

Deborah Digges

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Deborah Digges, a renowned poet and memoirist whose work often sprang from private adversity, died on April 10 near Amherst, Mass., apparently in a suicide. She was 59 and lived in Amherst.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/arts/17digges.html?_r=1

:cry::cry::cry::cry::cry:

************

:hi:

RL
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:26 PM
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1. Wow
The imagery is stunning. And the play between between humans and nature is superb.
Thanks for sharing.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:44 PM
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4. Thanks for your reply!
:hi:

RL
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Sky Masterson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:43 PM
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2. What a shame about Mrs. Digges
:hug: to her friends and family.
Nice poem :thumbsup:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:45 PM
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5. It's a great loss...
:hug:

RL
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:43 PM
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3. My dear Retro...
I wonder...was she foreshadowing the telling of her own death?

This is complex and beautiful.

Thank you.

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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:45 PM
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6. She wrote a lot about her father's death, I believe...
:hi:

RL
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:56 PM
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17. I wondered whose death she was talking about
so I used teh google. What a beautiful tribute. Once again, thanks for sharing this wonderful work. :thumbsup:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:32 PM
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18. My Pleasure
:hi:

RL
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:46 PM
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7. Very moving.
What a lovely tribute.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:47 PM
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8. Thank you for reading...
:hug:

RL
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:58 PM
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9. Oh, what a shame.
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 02:03 PM by Chorophyll
What a waste. :cry:

On edit: the poem that concludes the NY Times article just about killed me.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:57 PM
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12. Yeah, I have that one on deck...
:cry:

RL
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:02 PM
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10. ~
:(
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:57 PM
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13. ...
:(

RL
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:15 PM
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11. Great pick.
Very sad.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:57 PM
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14. Indeed...
:(

RL
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LadyoftheRabbits Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:48 PM
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15. :-( (sorry, this is LG again...)
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 03:49 PM by LadyoftheRabbits
:hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:29 PM
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16. ...
:hi:

RL
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