Robert Bly

A Month Of Happiness - Poem by Robert Bly

A blind horse stands among cherry trees.
And bones shine from cool earth.
The heart leaps
Almost up to the sky! But laments
And filaments pull us back into the dark.
Night takes us. But
A paw
Comes out of the dark
To light the road. I'll be all right.
I follow my own fiery traces through the night.

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness

Comments about A Month Of Happiness by Robert Bly

  • (12/13/2017 7:16:00 AM)

    To me this poem is about the processing of grief and the realization that the deceased will be okay and and follow their own fiery traces through the night. (Report) Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (2/24/2017 4:44:00 AM)

    After a note from Daniel Brick I now understand the pulling power of this poem. It pulls us in diferent directions all at once. Mainly, to stir our imaginations. Excellent device.+++10

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  • Daniel Brick (2/23/2017 11:21:00 PM)

    Robert Bly and I are both lifelong Minnesotans and lifelong poets. I boldly place myself in the same sentence with him, but honestly I have been for 50 years in awe of him, as are many others. He is very personable, whenever I have talked to him, he is eager to hear about about my dreams and desires. But he is our Master: he taught us why Poetry matters to us, he taught us to read the poets of the world; he showed us how to live poetic lives and moral lives, he was there to guide us when we floundered and thought things were hopeless. He was our Blake affirming the power of the Imagination, our Yeats seeking the spiritual in the material, our Iron John living the mythic experience in our individual lives. In the long list of roles he played for all these decades in our visionary company, perhaps he will be remembered as our best and most faithful Teacher, who understood EDUCATION means to lead forth, to lead one's students, prepared and enthusiastic and hopeful, into the World and then let them go, release them even from his tutelage, so in the end his final gift to us is OUR FREEDOM. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/23/2017 12:51:00 PM)

    The heart leaps.

    A portrayal of a state of ecstasy.
    Well communicated.

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/23/2017 11:55:00 AM)

    A soulful jouney of life nicely described, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (2/23/2017 11:05:00 AM)

    It sounds like a teaser of a horror movie. The blind horse is there only for the heck of it. (Report) Reply

  • Christina Simmons (2/23/2017 10:27:00 AM)

    IS ONE'S HAPPINESS BEING COMPARED TO THAT OF A HORSE? ? ? Oh, whatever fills the heart with joy. I can't say I agree with your theory. Congratulation! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (2/23/2017 10:18:00 AM)

    amazing. thanks a lot for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/23/2017 4:51:00 AM)

    A paw
    Comes out of the dark
    To light the road. I'll be all right.
    I follow my own fiery traces through the night......sounds mysterious
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  • Tom Allport (2/23/2017 4:08:00 AM)

    a poem of what makes one happy albeit not for long? (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/23/2017 2:55:00 AM)

    Blind horse! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (2/23/2017 2:14:00 AM)

    I regret that there is no coherence in this poem. Each line stands alone like the blind horse. Perhaps, if a cherry
    dropped on its head there would have been movement in the right direction.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/23/2017 2:06:00 AM)

    To light the road.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2017 1:46:00 AM)

    I follow my own fiery traces
    Beautifully crafted thought provoking poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (3/2/2016 2:26:00 PM)

    I was amazed reading these verses:
    ''A blind horse stands among cherry trees. // I follow my own fiery traces through the night.''

    since I used the image of a horse in my poem 'CHERRY BLOSSOMS'!
    Someone could think I took inspiration from him.. yet, I didn't know of Bly's poem before.. :)
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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