Friday, July 16, 2010

Let Me Be Beautiful Like Sea Glass

Sonoma County's Poet Laureate, Gwynn O'Gara graced us with her poetry last weekend at our backyard party kicking off Sarah's reelection campaign for City Council.
  Gwynn, in straw hat, reciting her poetry.

Gwynn kindly recited this poem twice at my request.

I love the sibilance of the waves in the opening three lines and the wisdom in the final line. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Let Me Be Beautiful Like Sea Glass

Let my edges that cut be stroked by sand and salt
let my slick surface coarsen till it’s crushed to bits
let my colors soften as they scrape the bottom
let the waves love me in their rough way
let me be changed by that love
let me not forget I held another
yet fully inhabit my particularity
let me be smooth enough to be rubbed by small fingers
and slipped inside a pocket or a bowl
let me prove that beauty is born when something breaks

—Gwynn O’Gara

This poem was published in Arestes, Spring/Summer 2009


Delwyn said...

I did and will place a copy in my special folder...

Happy days

Von said...

Yes it is beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us.

The Pollinatrix said...

Wow. This speaks to my soul loud and clear. But not too loud.

neighbor said...

oh, that's a lovely poem! Please thank Gwynn for me when you next see her.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, Von, Polli, and neighbor--thanks for stopping by and letting me know you enjoyed Gwynn's poem. I'll let her know when I see her again. (I ran into her at our CSA just the other day.)