Isn’t the moon dark too,
most of the time?
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
I met a friend for coffee a couple of weeks ago. The discussion began with us sharing our guilt over enjoying things such as a coffee with a friend among other things in light of what other people in our lives are enduring–in light of the too much that is the world. Our talk yielded her sharing Jack Gilbert’s fine poem, a poem that found her at the right time in her life, and a poem I, too, needed. There are a couple of Ron Padgett poems I feel are in conversation with these two, but I cannot find links to them online. If you have access to his Collected Poems, look up “Whatever It Is.”
What poem(s) do you look to when feeling the too-muchness of the world?