OmerChallenge: Day 46

Today is forty-six days which are six weeks and four days in the Omer.
Hayom shishah v-arba’im yom shehaym shishah shavuot ve-arba’ah yamim la-omer.

Your favorite poem

I’m not much of a poetry buff. I like it things that I’ve heard, but I don’t actively seek out poetry.

But my friend Noah Budin turned me on to this Billy Collins poem, with the appropriate title “Introduction to Poetry”. The reason I like it is that you can easily substitute the word “Torah” for “Poem”, and you have one of my biggest frustrations with some people when you talk about Torah. I want to see them play with the ideas, to immerse themselves in the narrative. But all they want to do is…

Well, read the poem, and you’ll see.

Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

from The Apple that Astonished Paris, 1996, University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Ark., Copyright 1988 by Billy Collins., All rights reserved.

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