2 poems.

I think these poems go together like peaches and white wine. Free verse is the peaches; wine is the sonnet. Meaning to say, they go together well, in an under appreciated, understated way. I’ve written too many essays to feel like composing one now. Let’s just enjoy these poems. Maybe you’ll appreciate them as a pair too. xo, m

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The Laughing Heart
Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Archaic Torso of Apollo
Rainer Maria Rilke

We never knew his head and all the light
that ripened in his fabled eyes. But
his torso still glows like a candelabra,
in which his gazing, turned down low,

holds fast and shines. Otherwise the surge
of the breast could not blind you, nor a smile
run through the slight twist of the loins
toward the center where procreation thrived.

Otherwise this stone would stand deformed and curt
under the shoulders’ invisible plunge
and not glisten just like wild beasts’ fur;

and not burst forth from all its contours
like a star: for there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

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