Treasure Island

Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

From the Tower


Insanity is not a want of reason.
It is reason’s overgrowth, a calculating kudzu.

Explaining why, in two-ton manifesti, thinkers sally forth
with testaments and pipe bombs. Heaven help us:

spare us all your meaningful designs. Shine down or
shower forth, but (for the earthling’s sake) ignore
all prayers followed by against, or for. Teach us to bear

life’s senselessness, our insignificance, and more;
let’s call that sanity. The terrifying prospect isn’t some
escapist with old-fangled novels, fond of comfort, munching sweets—

it is the busy hermeneut, so serious
he’s sour, intent on making
meaning of us all, and bursting
from the tower to the street.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (From the Tower by Heather McHugh )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. gustakhi karke ched gyin uski aankhein, Yashvardhan Goel
  2. mukda, Yashvardhan Goel
  3. No More Yelling, Michael McParland
  4. The Wilderness We Abandon, Robert Rorabeck
  5. Best Lesson, sallam yassin
  6. Our Heavenly Souls, Robert Rorabeck
  7. Nightmares and Daydreams, Shane V. Hill
  8. Within My Mind Holds Dreams, Lilly Emery
  9. The Right Question, David Barz
  10. Confusing, george albot

Poem of the Day

poet Walt Whitman

ARM’D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
piano;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]