This is my response to Poetry Challenge #6 which is to find someone’s poem from their blog — in this case I poem I really like — and comment on it.
For this challenge I am selecting Vampire Weather’s Espial
Please click on “Espial” above to read poem.
Here are my comments:
When reading a poem, I like to first read for the beauty of the writing — reading out loud when possible — and then when finished I ask myself whether I understood what the poet was communicating. Often I don’t, and so I go back to re-read. It is then that I encounter more of the beauty of that poem: are there multiple layers of meaning, is the topic mundane or spiritual, is their hidden humor, am I learning something about the Personna (not the author but the voice of the poem — the character expressing the sentiments captured — never assume the poem is the expression of the author) of the poem or myself or the world?
This poem, Espial, requires a very careful second reading. And a third.
Do I need to have reached a conclusion by the end of my re-readings? No, I can come back another day!
I know that some poems have multiple meanings and some intend to have only one.
This poem seems to have one specific meaning. It is well laid out — but slightly out of my reach. I put my faith in the poet from previous readings at this poet’s blog that the thoughts are expressed properly and I just need to reach far enough to really get that meaning.
In this case, I am still not there. Is this about the earth? Hope? Grace? Something else? Not there. But loving the journey.
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