The Waking (1948)

I strolled across
An open field;
The sun was out;
Heat was happy.

This way!This way!
The wren's throat shimmered,
Either to other,
The blossoms sang.

The stones sang,
The little ones did,
And flowers jumped
Like small goats.

A ragged fringe
Of daisies waved;
I wasn't alone
In a grove of apples.

Far in the wood
A nestling sighed;
The dew loosened
Its morning smells.

I came where the river
Ran over stones:
My ears knew
An early joy.

And all the waters
Of all the streams
Sang in my veins
That summer day.

by Theodore Roethke

Comments (6)

Why is every one making these so complicated? He's just over complicating his inner desires.
The first seventeen sonnets are addressed to the poet's breathtaking friend, whose identity is unknown. The poet's focus in these sonnets is to persuade his friend to start a family, so that his beauty can live on through his children. Note the similarities between Sonnet 1 and Romeo and Juliet (1.1.201-206) .
From fairest creatures (1) : From all beautiful creatures. we desire increase (1) : we want offspring. riper (3) : more ripe. contracted to (5) : bound only to.
Feed'st thy light's...fuel (6) : Feed your eyes (light's flame) with only the sight of yourself - i.e., you are self-consumed. only (10) : chief. gaudy (10) : showy (not used in the modern pejorative sense): from Middle English gaude, a yellowish green color or pigment. niggarding (12) : hoarding. the world's due (14) : what you owe to the world, i.e. the perpetuation of your beauty. The grave, which will already consume the young man's body, will also eat any chance of his beauty living on, if the young man helps the grave by himself being gluttonous (in his refusal to have children) . Steevens conjectures that the line should read 'To eat the world's due, be thy grave and thee; ' i.e. be at once thyself, and thy grave (Alden, p.19)
Amazing poem by Master poet, I liked it.
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