We're not really friends.
I always feel a little bad about this. Like I mustn't be cultured enough or educated enough to 'get it'. I've read Tolstoy and Dickens and I love history and classical music.... but try as I might, I just don't like poetry.
I don't even think it's that I don't 'get it'.. I've studied it. I've read a fair bit of it... I just prefer prose. I love poetic prose even. But just not poetry.
*heavy, defeated sigh*
Well, actually, there's one tiny little kind of poetry that I really like. I mean, it's the beginners poetry.... most people probably don't even count these as poetry.... but I love couplets.
Like really love them.
One of my favourites is a little Emily Dickenson delight that mum taught me many years ago:
They may not need me, but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight.
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
And, since we're on a roll, here's another one I read recently and have popped up on a card by my bathroom mirror:
But chief of all Thy wondrous works
Supreme of all Thy plan,
Thou has put an upward reach
Into the hearts of man
Isn't that wonderful? I love the thought, and how easy these are to commit to memory and pull out as life's situations dictate.
So... what do you think? Do they pass? Am I still cultured?