Friday, February 12, 2010

The Green Minnow by Robert Lax


I have always been intrigued by the person of Robert Lax, that very good friend of Thomas Merton, who spent his last days on the island of Patmos. He was a great poet. Maybe not known by the many, but to the few, one of the best.

The Green Minnow by Bob Lax 1968


the green minnow
bears a white &
black mark
at his tail


by which we
understand
what fish
he’ll be


(& all things
bear a mark
for the under-
standing)


your voice
in dark
is no
less, then,
your voice;


mine, from
behind you,
’s mine
as from
before


(whatever is
is mark’d first
as itself;


later, if ev-
er, as gener-
ic being.)


This post is completely inspired by "Louie,Louie"

Photo by Nicolas Humbert

1 comment:

Marc Magisana said...

Stephen Dedalus/Boehme/ "Proteus" strolling by the ocean..."signature of all things I am here to read"......
(makes me think of

choice of water for space of his "generic" - a good one/

still
his minnow seems
w/out a soul