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Ron Price Male, 70, Australia (8/31/2005 3:58:00 AM)

THE PILGRIM BAND OF POETS

Burn always an intense flame, think always of beauty, never of the plaudits of men. Be proud of your calling, of the pilgrim band of poets. -Kenneth Hopkins in The Brothers Powys, Richard Percival Graves, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London,1989, pp.276-7.

You can feel it coming,
like a spark
between your ears,
sometimes in your heart
a warm feeling comes-
and then the work begins
to fan the spark into a flame,
to draw on a world of beauty,
to be faithful
to an ancient pilgrim band of poets
and some inner self
that always seems to stay the same,
as it plays out roles of diversity,
all your days,
while your body goes completely different-
like someone else.

And you turn it all on,
create the joy,
from the endless stimulation of life.
In the process
you become quiet, still,
perhaps mildly depressive*
and
once or twice a year
explosive.

Ron Price
21 September 1999

* Doris Lessing, famous American novelist, thinks most writers are ‘mildly depressive’.

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  • Gol Mcadam (9/3/2005 1:31:00 PM) Post reply

    I think Doris Lessing is British or, at least South African. I like the pilgrim poem. Best Regards

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