The Vigor of Poetry

Poetry creates emotion and intellectual thought by means of the fewest words possible.  It is a game that few succeed.  I believe it exceeds painting in its ability to communicate.  But I will still paint.  Here's one from NPR the other day, I cannot get out of my head.


by Eliza Griswold

What are we now but voices
who promise each other a life
neither one can deliver
not for lack of wanting
but wanting won’t make it so.
We cling to a vine
at the cliff’s edge.
There are tigers above
and below. Let us love
one another and let go.

“Tigers” by Eliza Griswold from Wideawake Field. © Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007