Poem chosen by Tom Larkin
Welcome to our fourth poetry offering. This poem was chosen by Tom Larkin. Watch the video below to hear Tom recite the poem and offer some guidance along with it. You are in for a treat with Tom's offering.
Marie Mc Guigan
Hi, I’m Tom Larkin, from the northside of Dublin. I have been Focusing for over 20 years and reading and enjoying poetry for much longer, though, I really only began to appreciate poetry after I left school. I am particularly drawn to poets whose connection to nature, for their muse and insights, is strong and deep. One such poet whose work I greatly admire is William Stafford (US, 1914-1993). I first discovered his poems in the anthology, “The Rattle Bag” (edited by Séamus Heaney and Ted Hughes). The poem I chose for the Poetry Corner, “Ask Me”, is one that I return to, again and again. When Focusing with the poem, it has the space within and between its lines to continually surprise me, bringing me new insights or perspectives on life – a bit like the river in the poem, an always changing entity, a bit like life.
William Stafford - Ask Me
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.
I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.
From: William Stafford, “Stories That Could Be True; New and Collected Poems”. Harper & Row, 1977.
John O’Donohue - Fluent
“I would love to live
like a river flows,
carried by the surprise
of its own unfolding”
From “Conamara Blues: Poems”. Harper and Row, 2001.
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