Thursday, 22 January 2015

Day 918: Power

 

It's lovely to see poetry pop up in film. If you've seen the film 'Wild' or read the book, then this poem will be familiar. A meditation on power, real power that is - willpower, perseverance power, power that comes ultimately from pain - from Adrienne Rich.


Power - Adrienne Rich

Living in the earth-depositis of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

She died a famous woman denying
her wounds
denying
her wounds came from the same source as her power

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