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Impossible To Tell

Rating: 3.4
to Robert Hass and in memory of Elliot Gilbert

Slow dulcimer, gavotte and bow, in autumn,
Bashõ and his friends go out to view the moon;
In summer, gasoline rainbow in the gutter,

The secret courtesy that courses like ichor
Through the old form of the rude, full-scale joke,
Impossible to tell in writing. 'Bashõ'
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Satan 16 December 2020
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Dr Antony Theodore 25 March 2020
Out of Kabala. 'Arise and breathe, ' he shouted; But nothing happened. The body lay still. So then The little rabbi called for hundreds of candles And danced around the body, chanting and praying In Hebrew, then Yiddish, then Aramaic. He prayed In Turkish and Egyptian and Old Galician.. Wondeful narration. tony
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Julia Luber 25 March 2019
dulcimer, gavotte and bow- you kinda lost me after that; I'll come back to it when I have more time, but I like the romantic orchestration at the beginning. When I have more time I'll get into this- one of these days.
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John Richter 18 December 2014
I noticed below the remark: long winded pretentious crap..... And so it seems goes effort in the admiration of artful emotion. (Which follows the bustling trend where everything must end with instantaneous gratification....) It's so sad. I found your poem quite riveting, enlightening - though admittedly at first the length seemed a bit extended. Sir, I believe this is quite a fitting tribute to your friend. And just as Elliott undoubtedly anxiously awaited your next punch line, I too eagerly anticipated each and every of your next lines within this poem. What I found was a very deep sense of loss of someone quite dear. The renga reference was a mark of genius, given the phone-tag jokery between the two - or three - of you. And since Elliot was a fan of Japanese poetry I suppose it is quite indeed fitting. (Given your cite of his Haiku.) All in all I'd say the brash respondent below lacks great love, or at least the willingness to find it. I found it quite amply in your words here. I suspect it's been a few years since his passing, but since I've only just now found you I'll say it anyway: I'm sorry for your loss. And yes, I know jokery is not a word. But it should be. I'm working very hard toward getting it accepted into the common vernacular. In fact, just yesterday the funniest thing happened....... Ooops. Gotta go. The rabbi is freaking out. Something about Lazarus........
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K.c. Ford 18 December 2013
Long winded pretentious crap
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Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi 18 December 2013
Too long, but hilarious with the twisting of words and concepts..thank you for sharing Robert Pinsky..
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