A Brass Bowl
“Worn to brightness,
This bowl opens outward to the world,
Like the marriage of a pair we sometimes know.
Filled full, it holds not greedily.
Empty, it fills with light
That is heaven’s and it’s own.
It holds forever for a while.”
~ Wendell Berry
My sophomore year high school English teacher taught me about Object Poetry. Ms. Ward, I owe you a debt of gratitude for exposing me to this particular written form of art. The term Object Poem comes from the German word Dinggedicht, which translates: “poem of things” or, “thing poem”. The basic idea is to draw the reader into a more intimate relationship with the inanimate object. This object is not only the subject of the poem but often takes on the role of a character, a metaphor, even a life teacher. Continue reading “Worn To Brightness”