Thursday, March 09, 2006

What is grammar?           [blank verse]

you know more than you claim
(or than you'd wish to know?)
for grammar is the dress
pure utterance wears on visits
a ghostly thing without it
we'd have no way to see it

when it folds its arms the dress-arms
become folded exactly so!
it twirls & the dress is caught
in the spectacle of a twirl!

it's a gate allowing water
to reach our mental world
from behind the obdurate dam --
the mighty dam of the unspoken
O how it flows into the air of
our speaking & our listening!

responsive to Christina Hymes' poem,
I know nothing about grammar and grammar knows nothing about me


Anonymous fingertree said...

Great poem!

"What is Grammar?" makes me recall the Magritte painting of clothes and shoes in the wardrobe, only your wordsketch is fresh, alive and illumined; of the soul needing to be embodied even to be....except that you may reserve that for meaning perhaps.

Liked "most poems" very much too!

Fri Mar 10, 01:17:00 AM PST  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Fingertree -- I'll have to track down the painting you mention. Magritte is a painter I like a lot, but I don't recall that one. Thanks for the tip.

Note: I also did an additional riff on the "What is grammar?" question.


Fri Mar 10, 06:51:00 AM PST  
Anonymous fingertree said...

Saw the additional riff,but while that attends to some terribly important things,this here, still has my vote!

Fri Mar 10, 10:28:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tina hymes said...

Hey, I like your response. Took me long enough to get here, but i love it. You are an amazing writer.


Sat Nov 11, 09:57:00 PM PST  

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