William F Dougherty

Freshman - 542 Points (West Hartford, CT)

The Gardener's Curse - Poem by William F Dougherty

Straining to fulfill Adam's primal curse,
like liberating marble with his hands,
he polishes signs and sounds to rehearse
ranks of winking words the verse demands,
dispensing prosody within his lines
to celebrate along a duple beat
meet metaphor that blooms within designs,
takes hairpin turns, then halts, breathlessly neat.

Poems are never final, just abandoned:
brashly arranged, and grudgingly stranded;
a masterstroke or a plodding affair,
inheritors of Adam's naming chore,
a hard privilege then and evermore.

Topic(s) of this poem: garden, poetry, writing

Form: Sonnet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

God charged Adam with naming the creatures of the world.

Comments about The Gardener's Curse by William F Dougherty

  • (4/17/2012 5:09:00 PM)


    The Gardener's Curse seems related to Adams Curse by W.B. Yeats, about making poetry. Adam was given the task of naming things in the Garden of Eden and hence may be considered the first poet. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 29, 2017


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