One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Tuesday Platform

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Behind the blameless trees

Behind the blameless trees
old fate slowly builds
her mute countenance.
Wrinkles grow there . . .
What a bird shrieks here
springs there like a gasp of warning
from a soothsayer's hard mouth.

And the soon-to-be lovers
smile on each other, not yet knowing farewell,
and round about them, like a constellation,
their destiny casts
its nightly spell.
Still to come, it does not reach out to them,
it remains
a phantom
floating in its heavenly course.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome to the Tuesday Platform, your unprompted free-range day for sharing poems in the Imaginary Garden. Please look up from your phone and link up a poem. Then be sure to visit the offerings of our fellow writers.

Remember to stop by tomorrow as there will be a special open link, July 18, to commemorate the anniversary of our site: 2011 - 2018!



Susie Clevenger said...

Goodness, I'm first. That's a rare bird. Happy Tuesday!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Susie; Happy Tuesday!πŸ’ž Heading over to read you ☕

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for hosting, Sanaa.

Quick note: There will be a special open link tomorrow, July 18, to commemorate the anniversary of our site: 2011 - 2018!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Kerry; YAY!πŸ’ž That's so exciting!πŸ’ž

Anonymous said...

thanks for hosting Sanaa :)

and well, here's something a bit different ... a little more "tooth" for a poem-prose piece, a bit of whimsy, a bit of oddity ... partly inspired by a few of the lines mentioned in the poem/tone of Rilke

and happy wording fellow Toads and travellers :)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Pat; Thank you for joining us!πŸ’ž Heading over to read you☕

Toni Spencer said...

Here is something different from me - a love poem. thank you for hosting Sanaa! Hooray on the Special Link!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Toni; Hoorayy!πŸ’ž Heading over to read you now ☕

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I wanted to try a one-sentence poem.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

oh damn, forgot to remove the number 2 (from the tricune prompt). There is only the one this time.

Kim Russell said...

Apologies for being so late but I'm struggling with severe eczema, which is disturbing my sleep. I went to bed really early last night in the hope that I would catch up with some sleep - no luck and the itch is worse. I'm afraid any poems this week may be a bit morose. :(

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Rosemary; No worries I got you!πŸ’ž

@Kim; I am so sorry to hear that πŸ˜₯ please take care and feel better soon!πŸ’ž