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  • February 4th, 2011 | 1:35 AM
Poetry Friday - Denise Levertov

A friend recently shared this poem with me as one of her favorites and it has quickly become one of mine too. I want to give something I have made to people who matter to me and need to make a space in my days to do so.

The Rights

I want to give you
something I’ve made

some words on a page--as if
to say ‘Here are some blue beads’

or, ‘Here’s a bright red leaf I found on
the sidewalk’ (because

to find is to choose, and choice
is made.              But it’s difficult:

so far I’ve found
nothing but the wish to give. Or

copies of old words? Cheap
and cruel; also senseless:

this instead, perhaps--a half-
promise: If
I ever write a poem of a certain temper
      (willful, tender, evasive,
      sad & rakish)

I’ll give it to you.

--- Denise Levertov

Dori Reads has the Poetry Friday round-up for us all today. Pour a cup of your favorite beverage and poke around at some of the great poetry that's being shared today.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 15 comments — Leave comment )
February 4th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful, Susan. I love the line --
"so far I’ve found / nothing but the wish to give." Thanks for this gift to us on Poetry Friday.
February 9th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it.
February 4th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I can see why it's a favorite. It may just become one for me. Thanks for sharing.
February 9th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm glad it touched you too, Jone.
February 4th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
This poem brought tears to my eyes. It's so much the basis of what I want to do, too. And it's so very hard -- which she captures in the poem. All the necessary time we spend among this and that, looking... but the core of desire is where it begins.

Thanks, Susan.
February 9th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in a response, Jeannine. I thought this poem might touch you, as it did me. I am struggling, constantly, to move past the desire and into action.
February 4th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
So great.
Such a lovely poem, capturing a feeling and sentiment many of us aspiring poets have. Great choice. Thanks a million for sharing it. I'm mailing it to a good friend of mine.

February 9th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: So great.
So glad you are sharing it, Carlie.
February 4th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing this poem today, Susan! The "wish to give" is strong in us; finding how to do just that is indeed very difficult.
February 9th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Jama. Yes, that wish to give is strong....and the journey to how is difficult.
February 4th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, that feeling: "if I ever ..." -- that desire. Thanks for sharing this one today.
February 5th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
This is perfect for Poetry Friday, when we choose some words for each other and try to pick just the right ones to touch at least one soul (maybe just our own)!
February 9th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it too. It seemed like the perfect Poetry Friday post to me too.
February 5th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yes. Thank you for giving these words to us today. They do so capture this longing, this seeking, this yearning to offer.
February 9th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Amy.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

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