Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The lily is a rose with another name   [poem]

plus other attributes to perfect the disguise
the dog is a cat in its dogish guise
the moon is a fish on the flame

of the grill amid some summer barbeque
if you call it the moon (as some may do)
it will sit there so quiet and tame

feigning to be but one of the fry guys
while moonlight shines from its fish eyes
remaining reticent to give up the game


responsive poem in an exchange with poet Richa Dubey


Blogger Josh said...

that which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.

true, but the story romeo and juliet suggests the world is more complex--there is something in a name.

Wed Jun 28, 05:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Josh --

well: in context, the sense in those familiar lines from R&J of course involves the enigma of personality and its troublesome antecedents (or, in the instance, familial connections) -- the whole tragedy being somewhat anticipated by Juliet in her early-anguished contemplation of the troubling fact that her beloved does not have a problem-free name. "Why do you have to have the name Romeo?" complains the Capulet girl -- the idea that this naming (the name of a Montague) is the source of the trouble. If the Rose were but called something else (say a Capulet, or at least a Smith), her troubles would be avoided . . .

but I digress. The thought (merely playful) in this little poem takes a somewhat differing tack, suggesting (I suppose) that different things are forms of one thing, all guised up in the accidents of particular attributes, but not withal fundamentally other. (Or some such idea -- in fast-passing fancy.)


Wed Jun 28, 05:30:00 PM PDT  

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