Definition: #182 Wisdom

Wesley McNair Poetry Laureate of Maine USA

Wesley McNair
Poetry Laureate of Maine USA

 

Mangling a Proverb:

He is not wise that parrots the wise.

Wendy Videlock

Last night
we listened to
Wesley McNair
the Maine Poet Laureate
@the delightful Southwest Harbor Library.
He read:
“When She Wouldn’t”
a poem about his Mom’s death
a lost child
with complex family feelings from the Ozark’s.
Her language:
“Mo”
“This a way-that  a way”
“Goin’”
brought reconciliation and gratitude
in the end.

His notes,
written in longhand
told a harsh story
its grief
and glory.

Many poets read
when he had finished.

They parroted
the sentiments;
but mostly griped about the cold winter.

And thus,
left his wisdom in the snow

to thaw
its lonesome way home.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christina
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 21:00:56

    Nice! (but sad!)

    Reply

  2. Catherine Johnson
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 01:20:56

    I love it when people make an impression on you like that. Great poem, Jeanne.

    Reply

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