Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Sleep Deprivation and Happiness
It's a little quiet around the site right now, because our home is in a glorious, sleep-deprived hubbub. Our son, Henson (named after one of my heroes, Jim Henson--my husband thought of his name!), was born on November 21.
Apart from fragments, images, and weepy little moments, there's been no time for poetry writing. (Duh.) I'm completely ok with this. Henson has been poetry enough for us!
I did want to share the poems of two poets who were kind enough to write a poem in honor of his arrival. I was so touched to read their lovely words. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
THE LANDSCAPE OF OHIO RECEDES TO GIVE THE GIFT OF MORE ROOM FOR NEW WANDERING
by Darren C. Demaree
written to honor and welcome Henson Stephenson
A child becomes everywhere soon enough,
but now, with the connective tissue
& reappearing with each promise
the land pivots to quiet the folktales for one hour only.
So many plays & rehearsals have come to place
their faces against the
of our common stage
& like the light that is still caught
in shut eyelids,
for you, delicate boy
& that is an invitation to grow, to become wild with your beauty.
WELCOME, WEE LAD
by Albert B. Casuga
(For the New-Born Son of Marcus and Hannah Stephenson)
However fearful or fearsome
You will find this hoary place
Wreaked by temblors, fiery blazes,
Cloying floods, endless disasters,
Wars, deceits, wounding betrayals,
This is still the right place for love.
Truly a unique place, the only place
For Love. Welcome to the planet, Son.