Thursday, April 15, 2021

NPM Spring Cleaning Day 15, Thom Gunn on Unpacking

Last month Carol Varsalona, in the middle of moving, shared this post. I was filled with sympathy for her, because I hate moving, and then I was completely blown away by the Thom Gunn poem, especially the last line.


Here's how the poem ends:


I need your help with these. They rest unseen
In furniture we know, and plot a changing
To grey confusion of the space between.
Now, as I sweep it clean,
I realize that love is an arranging.


Oh, how true this is, both literally and figuratively! You can read the rest of this spectacular poem here.


This is the ninth year of the Progressive Poem! See the schedule below to find where to go for today's line and to see who's participating this year.

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

1 comment:

Linda B said...

I moved into my new home 9 years ago from a home of 40 years. While it was a good move because of location, I still see those 'things' that are here, at the old place, too. Moving is full of 'angst' no matter how you pack it! Thanks, Ruth, for reminding about that poem.