Jack Spicer

(30 January 1925 - 17 August 1965 / Los Angeles, California)

“any Fool Can Get Into An Ocean . . .” - Poem by Jack Spicer

Any fool can get into an ocean
But it takes a Goddess
To get out of one.
What’s true of oceans is true, of course,
Of labyrinths and poems. When you start swimming
Through riptide of rhythms and the metaphor’s seaweed
You need to be a good swimmer or a born Goddess
To get back out of them
Look at the sea otters bobbing wildly
Out in the middle of the poem
They look so eager and peaceful playing out there where the
water hardly moves
You might get out through all the waves and rocks
Into the middle of the poem to touch them
But when you’ve tried the blessed water long
Enough to want to start backward
That’s when the fun starts
Unless you’re a poet or an otter or something supernatural
You’ll drown, dear. You’ll drown
Any Greek can get you into a labyrinth
But it takes a hero to get out of one
What’s true of labyrinths is true of course
Of love and memory. When you start remembering.

Comments about “any Fool Can Get Into An Ocean . . .” by Jack Spicer

  • Susan Williams (11/9/2015 3:14:00 PM)

    Just when I don't think I like you or your work, you pull a stunt like writing a piece of real literature. Love what you said and I love how you said it (Report) Reply

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  • Johnathan Juarez (12/19/2012 3:01:00 AM)

    this is on my favorite poem list. Very creative (Report) Reply

  • Johnathan Juarez (12/19/2012 2:59:00 AM)

    this is on my favorite poem list. Very creative (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 5, 2012

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