STELLA’S STORY: BLUE NIGHT Thursday, 28 January 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: Carol Ann Duffy, Don Paterson, Giorgos Seferis, Mary Oliver, Sean O'Brien
I have different poems to suit different occasions. Poems, fragments, even lines of poems I keep in my books, notice-board, notebook, iPod, in my heart and head. And I keep renewing them, thanks to the wonderful output of our poets. Last Christmas, I loved Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’; last year, for rainy days, I carried Don Paterson’s ‘Rain’; the last few years, Mary Oliver’s ‘Wild Geese’, hearing their ‘harsh and exciting’ cries as a wake up call to the world. For decades, I pondered over Giorgos Seferis’ ‘In the Manner of G.S.’. So many others…
Whenever I need reminding of my place in nature, in the order of things, whenever my expectations become too great, I reach for Sean O’Brien’s ‘Blue Night’. Downloaded from the Guardian, it lights up my computer screen. Therefore. Therefore, I become small, or tall. I draw strength and inspiration. Thank you Sean O’Brien.
from Blue Night by Sean O’Brien
They have no time for pity or belief,
The heavens, in their triumph of technique.
Stella Pierides writes prose and poetry. Her forthcoming novel Alexandrias 40: In the Shade of the Lemon Tree is due out later on this year.