Friday, September 17, 2010

Reflections: A Hot Tip

Do you want to make a day sometime in your hopefully not-too-distant future really worthwhile? Okay, then, here's the agenda: first, do whatever it takes to get your hands on a book entitled White Mercedes by a poet named Sandra Agricola. It won't be that easy to find the book. But the effort of finding it is part of your reward. It will be seen at the end of the day as your gift to yourself.

Okay, you have the book. So now you need to open it to the poem, "Mae West: A Masterpiece." If you have the hardback, it's on page 27.

Read it. Carefully. Thoughtfully. You'll probably want to read it again. You may then want to go into your room and shut the door and read it out loud. As you do so, you might want to imagine that you're reading it to an audience, and that the audience is as blown away by the beauty and wisdom of the poem as you were, back when you read it for the second, or third, time.

That's it. That's all there is. It's just that simple.

Now wasn't your day worthwhile? And hasn't your humanity been enhanced by the acquisition of an objective good commensurate with the vast scope of that poem's gift? You know that it has. X

For that, be grateful.


yogurt said...

i am going to find the book. from your description it does sound interesting. :)

Rodak said...

hello, yogurt--
thank you for stopping by. i'm sorry that it took me so long to acknowledge your comment.
sandra agricola is a very obscure poet who came to my attention through a work-related activity. as near as i can determine, she published on two collections of poems, of which "white mercedes" was the last. for some reason, her work hits me hard, right where i live. i think she's great, regardless of what the rest of the world may think. if you do get a chance to read her work, please let me know what you think.