Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Poetry Tuesday: "A Blessing" by James Wright

A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

--James Wright

Note: I've posted this poem before. It's one of my favorites. I post it today in honor of my son, Evan's birthday. It's the first year I have not been with him on his special day. I miss him, but am SO proud of him! Those last three lines sum up exactly what I felt when he was born nineteen years ago.

Happy Birthday, son. I love you!


My Mind's Eye said...

Happy Happy Birthday Evan!!
We hope your day is filled with adventure, amazement and most of fun!!

Hugs Madi and Mom
PS What a wonderful poem BB

Lin said...

Yep. It certainly is lovely. :)

Happy birthday to your son!

Connie said...

I love this poem! It's wonderful. Happy birthday to your son. I hope his day is a special one. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday, Evan!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday to your boy! Tomorrow is my baby boy's birthday - he'll be 23!

Nancy C said...

Happy Birthday Evan. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - absolutely Happy Birthday Evan .. and I love the poem .. Mother and Son lightly embrace forever entwined ... cheers enjoy your birthday conversations with your son .. cheers Hilary

Slamdunk said...

Happy birthday to Evan. I hope he has a special day.

Old Kitty said...

Happy birthday Evan!!! May you continue to bloom and blossom!

Thanks for the amazing poem, BB!! It's beautiful! Take care

Brian said...

Yes,nI like that poem too. Happy Birthday to that handsome Evan!

Pearl said...

How utterly beautiful.

Happy birthday to your boy.



Out on the prairie said...

A very nice pem again and again. Happy birthday to your son, my baby is having one in a few days.

Shelly said...

I feel like I've hit a treasure today with this poem I'd not heard of before. Love it! And happy birthday to your sweet Evan.

Brian Miller said...

i can see why it is so special to you...great poem and happy birthday to evan as well...

Marg said...

That is one lovely poem. We especially love it because it is about ponies too and that is one of our favorite subjects. Take care.

jenny_o said...

Beautiful poem. I remember feeling that way the first time I held my first child, bursting with love!

Happy birthday to Evan!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Those first birthdays away are tough. I'm pretty sure it's harder for moms than their sons.
Great poem.

Gigi said...

Happy Birthday to Evan!

I'm sorry you aren't with him - I know that's hard.

Ms. A said...

Happy Birthday, Evan!

Joyful said...

What a lovely poem. Happy Birthday to your son!

annie said...

Beautiful poem.
Happy Birthday to Evan!

Sueann said...

I remember the first poem I ever read. I felt I could fly. This reminded me of that day.
Happy Birthday to your son

CiCi said...

Beautiful poem on this special day. Happy Birthday to your son.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy 19th Birthday Evan. I hope it's a great year.

This poem is perfection. I hadn't seen it before so thanks for sharing it again.

xo jj

Baby Sister said...

That is a beautiful poem. :) Happy Birthday to Evan!!

Pat Tillett said...

It was beautiful then and it's beautiful now!
Happy Birthday to Evan...

Pat said...

So beautiful! I love the poems you choose. I admit that I have problems understanding most poems, but the poems you choose are wonderful and understandable. Thanks!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Beautiful poem and happy (belated) birthday to Evan!

Momma Fargo said...

Happy Birthday, Evan!

Quite a nice poem. I'm from Minnesota so I truly appreciate it. LOL. It is a beautiful poem.

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