Jerome Rothenberg


The Case for Memory


I was amok & fearless
twice deceived
for which I sought out
satisfactions
in a tree.Too carelessly
I reached for love
& beaten down
I found you
in a froth or frenzy
spent my days around
the pan yards.
I would ask no help from those
whose trust is weak
but I would buy the latest
& the least.
I live for something practical
--the case for memory--
I set one foot into the space
the others leave abandoned.
Not your lord or slave
I meet you
in an equal clash of wills
& face you down.
I only touch the ground
on Sundays

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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

Read poems about / on: trust, memory, tree

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 (The Case for Memory by Jerome Rothenberg )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  7. True Love, Robert Penn Warren
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. Warning, Jenny Joseph

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Last Horizon, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. i want to weigh the moon with you, Mandolyn ...
  3. Italian Birthday Poem, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. God's Most Published Poet, Tom Zart
  5. Fruitless love, Nero CaroZiv
  6. Misunderstood, Madrason writer
  7. Do what father says, Madrason writer
  8. Placid Emotions, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. Verzetsstrijders, Madrason writer
  10. Weke vaders, Madrason writer
[Hata Bildir]