Poem for a Tuesday — “Risk” by Lisa Colt
“My teacher says,
You’ve got to stink first.
I tell her, I don’t have time to stink–
at 64 years old
I go directly to perfection
or I go nowhere.
Perfection is nowhere,
she says, So stink.
Stink like a beginner,
stink like decaying flesh,
I know a woman who’s eighty-six,
last year she learned to dive.“
Published in Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Poetry, ed. Marilyn Sewell. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
Poem for a Tuesday
“The Three Goals”
by David Budbill
“The first goal is to see the thing itself
in and for itself, to see it simply and clearly
for what it is.
No symbolism, please.
The second goal is to see each individual thing
as unified, as one, with all the other
ten thousand things,
In this regard, a little wine helps a lot.
The third goal is to grasp the first and the second goals,
to see the universal and the particular,
Regarding this one, call me when you get it.”
from Good Poems, ed. Garrison Keillor. New York: Penguin Books, 2002. Page 225.