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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sonnet XC

Of course there’s poetry about a nose
but so far I have read no nasal prose.
However, one must not forget the ear,
which tempts the senses with what one can hear.

Celestial sounds and music of the spheres
bear no enchantment with no ears to hear.
Though truly, hearing ears bring happy bliss:
a kind remark or smacking of a kiss.

When you are sad, kind ears hear happy songs.
Ears hear and recognize the ones you long.
Ears brighten days with all there is to hear.
Hear here how ears hear puns, right ear.

Perhaps ears look a little strange and crude,
but hearing stays though ears may be removed!

1 comment:

  1. This seemingly random sonnet is a response to this anonymous one about a nose, published in 1840 in the Irish Penny Journal:

    Sonnet about a Nose
    'Tis very odd that poets should suppose
    There is no poetry about a nose,
    When plain as is the nose upon your face,
    A noseless face would lack poetic grace.
    Noses have sympathy: a lover knows
    Noses are always touched when lips are kissing:
    And who would care to kiss where nose was missing?
    Why, what would be the fragrance of a rose,
    And where would be our mortal means of telling
    Whether a vile or wholesome odour flows
    Around us, if we owned no sense of smelling?
    I know a nose, a nose no other knows,
    'Neath starry eyes, o'er ruby lips it grows;
    Beauty is in its form and music in its blows.


A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

- Emily Dickinson

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