23 April 2016

The Use of Adversity*

The Ancient Greek Theatre of Delphi.

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
~from Shakespeare's As You Like It
Act 2,  1: 12–17

The ancient gods spoke only to poets
who staged hill-side theatre to show those gods
we hear, we attend, we open arms wide 
and beg:  Please! Look at me speaking your words.

And though those hills decayed and we lost
direct communication, we may yet
find words reveal God’s call in strong witness,
too many tongues to hold lightly.  Listen:

When you water your lawn, do you ask why?
Do neighbors gather there?  Is it still show,
like mine? or an invitation to join
in planting crops to feed community? 

Let’s take sermons from stones, books from brooks,
history from the good in everything
and make magic ring out from poetry
again.  Create and speak.  Come back.  Revive.

April's poem 23 inspired by today's prompt at Imaginary Garden with real Toads "Kerry Says ~ Let's Tip Our Hats to the Bard."

*Note:  All April poem-a-day poems are rough drafts awaiting revision.

Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast

1 comment:

rallentanda said...

Beautifully expressed linguistically and in sentiment. Chapeau! The Bard has inspired you.