Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Poetry Tuesday "Aware" by Denise Levertov







Aware

When I opened the door
I found the vine leaves
speaking among themselves in abundant
whispers.
                   My presence made them
hush their green breath,
embarrassed, the way
humans stand up, buttoning their jackets,
acting as if they were leaving anyway, as if
the conversation had ended
just before you arrived.
                                               I liked
the glimpse I had, though,
of their obscure
gestures. I liked the sound
of such private voices. Next time
I'll move like cautious sunlight, open
the door by fractions, eavesdrop
peacefully.


--Denise Levertov

20 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB!!
Very very pretty poetry for a Tuesday and my favorite greenery is ivy!!
Hugs C
PS Glad to see you back!! You were missed!!

Daisy said...

Cool poem! I would probably barge right in (out?) on that ivy and demand that it hold the noise down. :D Have a great day, Betty!

Leah J. Utas said...

I love that poem. I want to leavesdrop now, too.

Out on the prairie said...

Watching that world around us a bit closer is so nice

Along These Lines ..... said...

Nice, but my taste in poetry isn’t so refined. Has to begin “There once was a man from …..”

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lovely poem. Ivy is a peaceful plant.

Cranberry Morning said...

Love the poem!! :-)

Alison said...

Nasty gossipy leaveses, spreading lieses about you. They just want your Precious. Kept the door closed!

Susan Fields said...

That's beautiful - thanks for sharing!

Marg said...

We are also glad to see you back and love the poem. What fun to think like an ivy plant. Take care.

Brian said...

That was very nice!

Pearl said...

This felt so quiet and confessional. Lovely.

Pearl

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice! How to spy on ivy...

Old Kitty said...

Awwww poor Ivy!! What a wall flower!
:-) Take care
x

Baby Sister said...

That picture is beautiful!! I sure have missed your poems. :)

Ann said...

eavesdropping is really difficult when you can't hear worth a darn :)

Brian Miller said...

ha. i like to listen to the leaves....esp this time of year...cool verse...was not familiar with it...

Kittie Howard said...

A beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing. I like it that ivy never gives up and finds a way to return.

Ashley Ashbee said...

The best nature writing always unfold a human truth. Thank you for this.

jenny_o said...

Enjoyed!