Can Neruda and Longfellow see eye to eye?
January 18, 2007 6:09 PM Subscribe
We're all reading poems for Pop on his 90th birthday, and I'm kind of stuck.
posted by ersatzkat to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
ersatzjef's Pop loves poetry - the first time I met him (Pop) he recited Longfellow. Pop was raised on a farm in Lebanon, MO (which he still owns), is a retired career navy man, has traveled enough for 3 lifetimes, was tickled pink over the new radiometer we gave him for Christmas (but thinks that presents in general are just bollocks), attends church twice a week, drives Grandma up a wall, and loves to practice languages on us. We're having a birthday dinner for him next weekend, and jef's mom would like us all to read a poem. I'm utterly stuck. I love poetry, but much more of the Cummings, Neruda, earthy-sexy-talk-to-much-y kind of poetry. Pop is more Yeats and Longfellow and maybe a dash of Emily Dickenson if she's going on about helping birds into nests sort of fan. Is there a middle ground for us? Or something wonderful you can recommend? I've looked through piles of old threads and have done some Google-work. Now I'd like to cast my quandry on the universe and go sit in the corner and meditate a while. bad day at work