five poems / five days #3

Jean Valentine


You, poem
the string I followed blind
to leaf by thick green leaf
to your stem
poem without words
world electric with you


Valentine has written a strong and accurate image of the creative process – how poets follow the voice – not knowing or even understanding the where of the going – how the poem is outside us. We listen. We follow.


jenni said...

I love Valentine.

But I have a question--one time on your blog we were talking about being nostalgic for a place even while you were at that place and you quoted a poem by Basho. What was that poem?


Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks for the read Jenni.

As for your question - Matsuo Basho

      Even in Kyoto –
hearing the cuckoo’s cry –
      I long for Kyoto.