Friday, January 16, 2015

A Lover - Amy Lowell

If I could catch the green lantern of the firefly
I could see to write you a letter.

I remember hearing somewhere, I unfortunately cannot remember where, that the space between a poem's title and its body is like taking the step between the dock and the boat.  That seems appropriate here.  The title informs the "you" of the poem's text, presumably "a lover."  A sense of longing permeates the poem.  Sure, one can catch a firefly, but its light?  Its green lantern?  It will quickly go out, ephemeral as fireflies are.  Lowell wants to write a letter, but can't see to it, the firefly's lantern being unobtainable.

Extreme short form poetry like this is attractive to me for its density of meaning and cleanness of form.  Lowell says what she needs to say with no more than twenty words.  And here I am, rambling on about it.  I'm sure there are many interpretations possible from these twenty words; I only offer my own.  I'd love to hear what you think about it, reader.  Don't be shy.

1 comment:

  1. It’s no secret that a man’s ego has a powerful pull on him.

    In fact this hardwired need to impress and to WIN is so deeply embedded into the male mind...

    That nearly everything a man truly desires is based around this biological “drive” to prove, succeed and to win.

    It’s why so many men become workaholics, gym junkies or become obsessed with their hobbies.

    But what most women don’t know... how deeply this “drive” is connected to his love, desire, and attraction for the woman in his life.

    And I’m about to show you how you can “tap into” a man’s ege to refocus that same drive and gut level obsession...

    ...on pleasing you, romancing you, and proving his love for you like you’re his sole purpose in life.

    Here’s how: ==> The “Go Ahead” Signal That Makes Him Obsessed With Winning Your Love

    Mr Gix

    P.S. When you tap into a man’s ego this way, you can cause him to literally become obsessed with proving his love for you. So please don’t use this on a man unless you are ready for something serious.

    Thanks again.