Monday, May 11, 2009

Fave Poem of the Day

Don't we always love to hear someone telling us that what we do is important for human civilisation? My love for poetry and obsession on armageddons (I can't help it) collide in this concise, heart thumping poem. I am inspired to change the world, already.

Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames]
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am signaling you through the flames.

The North Pole is not where it used to be.

Manifest Destiny is no longer manifest.

Civilization self-destructs.

Nemesis is knocking at the door.

What are poets for, in such an age?
What is the use of poetry?

The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.

If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.

You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words....

2 poetic mutterings:

dizzy said...

always love ferlinghetti :) I hope you don't mind, I posted this poem on my other-people's-poetry blog, foreign ocean.

- dizzy

Sheena Baharudin said...

of coz I don't, dizzy!

ps: havent seen u in ages, hope to rectify that problem :P cheers.