Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Nothing to Write Home About

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Nothing to Write Home About

Article excerpt

It's a sunny weekday in May

and I have had a bowl of beef stew

and a cold bottle of beer on the brick patio,

but now I am indoors again

wishing I had something to add

to one of the ancient themes

youth grasping at life and beauty,

for example,

in the face of inevitable death and corruption.

There is a slight breeze,

just enough to make the red and yellow

tulips sway on their stems,

but that doesn't help me sing

of the human craving for immortality

despite the roaring juggernaut of time,

or the painful contrast between

the cyclical renewability of Nature

and man's headlong rush to the grave.

I could take off my shirt

and lie down in the soft grass outside

which has just had its first spring cutting,

but that would not result

in a record of the longing for eternal beauty

not to mention the despondency

that follows the drying up

of the ornate fountains of crativity. …

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