Mary Angela Douglas

The Names Of Things - Poem by Mary Angela Douglas

to Ray Bradbury, looking back, or forward

the names of things we held in our heart
when alphabets foundered and worlds came apart
and the clouds drifted over mindless borders

and were crucified.
the names of things, the orange and the lemon
the midnight zither and the bluebird plans

the tissue paper birthdays at a secret command
all disappeared, their ribbons curling.
all but the names we taught our children to revere and

year past year,
never to split the silver from the rains,
to refrain from negating the Soul.

and ever to stow the heirloom
jewelry of the stars intact.
and always to be looking back

at the green world when all its
colours were singing
and we were the Story and the story told

and we were the Tree,
and the leaves of gold.

mary angela douglas 3 february 2017

Topic(s) of this poem: beauty, endurance, memory, poet, poetry, story

Comments about The Names Of Things by Mary Angela Douglas

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/18/2017 10:47:00 AM)

    I stopped by to peruse more of your work and am delighted to find such beautifully vivid imagery set free by the mastery of your wordcraft combined with a lyrical, melodic natural sense of rhythm and rhyme. A rare and enriching combination, indeed. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (2/27/2017 12:37:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem Mary.Congratulations on being member of the day
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan
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  • Sarah Elizabeth (2/27/2017 11:39:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (2/27/2017 8:27:00 AM)

    Such striking imagery and beauty...all done with rhyme. Like music. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/27/2017 4:07:00 AM)

    a well thought out poem of what was? but like all trees with their leaves we will all eventually fall and die! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (2/27/2017 3:09:00 AM)

    A beautifully written and conceived poem of depth and flavour. Deserves to be Poem of the Day (Report) Reply

  • Geoffrey Fafard (2/27/2017 2:08:00 AM)

    I love the style, the composition and the flow of this.It has a lovely personal recall feel that is there line by line in this lovely melodic poem..Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (2/27/2017 1:58:00 AM)

    Your poem has a strikingly beautiful rhythm. I read it out loud several times and it flowed like your memories.
    Such fine detail too. Best poem of the day I've read in ages, Mary. Well done.
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  • Kim Barney (2/27/2017 1:54:00 AM)

    This is very nice. Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite science fiction authors. Thanks for posting this, and congrats on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/27/2017 1:00:00 AM)

    The name of things! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 3, 2017

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 4, 2017

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