The Hearts of Men

Ran onto this poem, and thought I would place it here this evening.



detail of a painting by Adolphe Dechenaud from the Rouen Museum, France

like pendulums
from rage to remorse,
from anger to shame.
They do not know
The smaller increments
of a gradual birth,
the gentler shocks
of a congruent light.
All eruption, they pour
their grief like tide
into the air
and move out again,
like Odysseus,
into the deep sea
of disconnectedness,
the wide berth
of their denials. Once,
loved for their weeping,
they were coddled like yolks
in some womanly forgiveness.
Then, they became
what all men become
to earn their one stifled syllable –
an instrument
so hampered in its range
it becomes a bellows,
so shortened in its stops
it resembles a trumpet.
What will they do now
who have gone so long
without weeping,
who seem to have lost forever
the gradual repertoire,
the harp and the flute,
the piccolo and pizzicato?
In whose name,
impoverished ones,
will they learn to love? Who
will embrace them once more
for the shaken trill
of their weeping –
their cleft, broken hearts?

by Mchael Blumenthal
for Karen Allen

About abiggerworldyet

Visual Artist Brother Sojourner College Professor Christ follower
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