Citações Theodore Roethke

„At Woodlawn I Heard the dead cry“

—  Theodore Roethke

The Lost Son, ll. 1-4
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: At Woodlawn I Heard the dead cry:
I was lulled by the slamming of iron,
A slow drip over stones,
Toads brooding wells.

„Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Sententious Man," ll. 31-36
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: p>Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain,
And found out what I could of all desire;
I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone
In the deep center of the voice and fire.I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.</p

„Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Night Crow," ll. 4-8
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black,
Deep in the brain, far back.

„I'll seek my own meekness.
What grace I have is enough.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Unfold! Unfold!," ll. 59-64
Praise to the End! (1951)
Contexto: I'll seek my own meekness.
What grace I have is enough.
The lost have their own pace.
The stalks ask something else.
What the grave says,
The nest denies.

„Death was not. I lived in a simple drowse:
Hands and hair moved through a dream of wakening blossoms.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Shape of the Fire," ll. 73-77
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: Death was not. I lived in a simple drowse:
Hands and hair moved through a dream of wakening blossoms.
Rain sweetened the cave and the dove still called;
The flowers leaned on themselves, the flowers in hollows;
And love, love sang toward.

„To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing.“

—  Theodore Roethke

The Shape of the Fire," ll. 88-92
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: To stare into the after-light, the glitter left on the lake's surface,
When the sun has fallen behind a wooded island;
To follow the drips sliding from a lifted oar
Held up, while the rower breathes, and the small boat drifts quietly shoreward;
To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing.

„What's left is light as a seed;
I need an old crone's knowing.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Meditations of an Old Woman: First Meditation," ll. 15-21
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: How can I rest in the days of my slowness?
I've become a strange piece of flesh,
Nervous and cold, bird-furtive, whiskery,
With a cheek soft as a hound's ear.
What's left is light as a seed;
I need an old crone's knowing.

„I saw the separateness of all things!“

—  Theodore Roethke

"A Field of Light," ll. 45-47
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: I saw the separateness of all things!
My heart lifted up with the great grasses;
The weeds believed me, and the nesting birds.

„We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:
For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Bat," ll. 5-10
Open House (1941)
Contexto: He loops in crazy figures half the night
Among the trees that face the corner light.
But when he brushes up against a screen,
We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:
For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.

„Who stunned the dirt into noise?
Ask the mole, he knows.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Lost Son," ll. 66-70
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: Who stunned the dirt into noise?
Ask the mole, he knows.
I feel the slime of a wet nest.
Beware Mother Mildew.
Nibble again, fish nerves.

„My secrets cry aloud.
I have no need for tongue.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Open House," ll. 1-6
Open House (1941)
Contexto: My secrets cry aloud.
I have no need for tongue.
My heart keeps open house,
My doors are widely swung.
An epic of the eyes
My love, with no disguise.

„Being, not doing, is my first joy.“

—  Theodore Roethke, livro The Far Field

"The Abyss," l. 100
The Far Field (1964)

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