Roy William Gotaas

Rookie (20th century / England)

I Have Words - Poem by Roy William Gotaas

For that I have words
You shall not see my work:
Buried my bone in the wide flower-garden
Under the rose-petals and rotting leaves.
Words to words, must to must,
Flashes and glitter.


Worms and heart heave in the throat,
Fingers fall and die on the white sheet;
Traffic of beauty a one-way street.
Sight gives man that is born of woman
Such a long time searching:
Man that is dumb of woman
Such a long time singing
Before the ashes and the root.


Words to words, must to must,
Flashes my need in the last cadence falling.


Comments about I Have Words by Roy William Gotaas

  • Callie Carroll (10/31/2008 10:16:00 PM)


    Is the structure of your thoughts intentional- a holding back of the intent of the phrase, so that the meaning stirkes you later after you have strived for it? (A pleasant striving.) It is intriguing. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/29/2008 10:20:00 AM)


    well expressed, to the core (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2008 4:55:00 AM)


    'Words to words, must to must' this is really brilliant. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 19, 2008



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