I Say Sunrise

So don’t talk
of thou
-sand of hungry,

Don’t harvest never
-the less of
learning.

Only wor(l)dly
phrasing is a crowd.

Do you know things?
……….Keep them
……………….telling.
.
following Margo over to PoMoSco, day 26.

A column-inch poem culled from the book “I Say Sunrise,” by Talbot Mundy
(published 1949) – left column inch, page 118. I bought a bag of old books for a song at the library a couple months back, to use for erasures and found poems. My favorite thing about this one is its hand-written inscription:
“To Walt and Ruth and our magic universe. From Rosetta – 1949”

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4 Responses to I Say Sunrise

  1. I love that inscription as well!

  2. margo roby says:

    Nice: ‘keep them telling’. Interesting exercise.

  3. Jean says:

    In the title, I see someone who has just discovered she does in fact have some power over her universe: “I Say, Sun … RISE!” She’s commanding the sun to rise … immediately. And while you’re at it, Sun. Don’t talk about yourself. Let’s talk about me, for once. 😉

    “Don’t harvest never.” That’s good advice. We do tend to tell ourselves things like, “No,” “That can’t happen,” or “I could never do that.” I think you’re saying we should encourage ourselves and live inside hope instead of putting ourselves down and not allowing ourselves to do anything great.

    “wordly phrasing is a crowd” That can be good advice for writing poetry. Sometimes few words say more. But then, there’s also this: “Wordly phrasing is a crow, De.” And who doesn’t want to be a crow?!

    “Do you know things?
    Keep them telling.”

    Wow. That’s really good advice. In other words, “Don’t shut yourself up. Just say what’s on your mind.” I like that. 🙂

    • Jean says:

      Unless the line break means that if you know things, you should keep them to yourself, which may tell more about you than talking. Hmmm. I LOVE wise sayings that could mean opposite things!!! That is SO the nature of philosophy. Everything interesting is a paradox.

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