VxPoem ID: 40349
Posted: June 3rd. 2011 11:29:36 AM
To Dionysos, After Reading Walt Whitman
by B. T. Newberg
Age Group: Adult
To be in any form, what is that?--he says,
O Dionysos, what is that? The man, he writes
In long, sensuous lines a song about himself,
As if to praise a god who slips between his thumbs,
Makes a circuit of his back, and crooks his toes,
Who glides along his nape, and titillates his calves...
Now isn't that your gift, O joyful Dionysos?--
To make us mad with being, drunk with form, a mass
Of tingling nerves and fingertips? Happy, he says,
I merely stir and press and feel, and I am happy.
If it were true of all men, as it was of him!
O Dionysos, if it were! But those who loafe
On leaves of grass, when loafing's over, go to work,
When summer's gone, and leaves fall, in winter too;
And then to stir and press and feel, and be so happy?
Could I praise a god who smiling takes his coat,
Walks to work, and wraps his throat against the wind,
Who counts the sores of cold and, tingling, laughs?
To be in any form--to be in any form--
Happy, O joyful Dionysos, what is that?
Author's Notes: c 2008
As a Naturalistic Pagan, I believe in evidence. There is no evidence that deities and magic are "real" in the most literal sense, but they may yet be moving and powerful. These poems are a tribute to the inspiration of Pagan ways.
For more information on naturalism, see HumanisticPaganism.com.
Author's Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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