Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday's Nature Quote

Goodbye to poet Adrienne Rich, who died last week. She wrote:

My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot
with those who age after age, perversely,
and with no extraordinary power
reconstitute the world.

~ Adrienne Rich, "Natural Resources," The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977


  1. Adrienne Rich led a remarkable life against a backdrop of continuous change for all things human, social to technological. The difference from today to yesterday is that one can now see everything from the end of the horse age in America to people circling the globe every couple of hours, multiple wars, social wrongs being righted all over the globe, advancements and declines on an almost daily basis. With the miracle of the internet you can see where animals still share the roads with cars and trucks and also the places where sharing resources and power is an idea found only at the bottom of a barrel. While always speaking and writing about what was truly on her mind, she also spoke for humanity at the same time. Not everyone agreed with everything she said but everyone can agree with her visions of equality for everyone.

    here is a link to a couple of dozen of her poems:

    This site has quite a few poets and poems to sample.

  2. Thank you, Bob, for the link. I read a few more and especially liked "For the Record" and her last line..."Ask where you were."

  3. This poem indicates a heart for the ills of the world, but with an attitude of  perseverance and steadfastness in "reconstituting the world" step by step and age by age. 
    I like it; a challenge and encouragement.

  4.  I frequently find myself asking, "Do I do that?"

    All too often the answer is yes.

  5. Thank you for this tribute to an honorable champion of women's rights.  Amazing lifetime productivity. Her last volume of poetry was published at age 81. She was 82 when she died.  What a rich full life she led!