the idea of the taste...

I can never seem to read enough of Jack Gilbert. His latest collection The Dance Most of All is such a strong read. His poems turn me inside out.

Jack Gilbert

Not Easily

When we get beyond beauty and pleasure,
to the other side of the heart (but short
of the spirit), we are confused about what
to do next. It is too easy to say arriving
is enough. To pretend the music
of the mountain needs only to be heard.
That the dance is known by the dancing,
and the lasagne is realized by eating it.
Not in this place on the other side
of desire. We can swim in the Aegean,
but we can't take it home. A man finds
a melon by the road and continues up
the hill thinking it is the warm melon
that will remain after he has forgotten
the ruins and sea of the summer. He tells
himself this even as the idea of the taste
is replacing what the melon tasted like.

         - appearing at Poetry Daily and in The Dance Most of All


Jessie Carty said...

wow! that is just a terrific poem. favorite line "To pretend the music
of the mountain needs only to be heard. " definitely feel the yeats influence in such a good way :)

LKD said...

Gosh, I'm glad I read this tonight.

Heartened, actually.

Thanks for feeding my poetry heart/soul with this poem.

I can't tell you how much I needed to read this poem right now.

Dennis said...

This is where I come to nourish myself. Your blog never leaves me wanting.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I've often wondered if Jack Gilbert isn't the answer to every question I might have. Or, maybe he's the question for every one of my answers - At any rate, thanks, Jessie, Laurel & Dennis, for venturing here.

Michelle said...

Love Jack Gilbert.

Thanks, Sam.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks for the read, Michelle.