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February 28, 2013

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My favorite Spenser sonnet is the one you quote, the one beginning "One day I wrote her name upon the strand." How nice to see his lines. I think he may give John Dryden a run for the money as the most neglected and underrated of the all-time greats in English poetry. BTW, a village slightly to the north and east of Ithaca is Dryden, NY -- and I have long felt that the Dryden Hotel on its main street should have a copy of Dryden's poems instead of (or in addition to) the Gideon Bible in each room. There is also a Spencer, NY, near Ithaca, but it's spelled wrong. -- DL


The Heart

You can tell it
What to do—
Be firm,
Be smart—
But never forget,
The heart has a mind
Of its own;

You can tell it
Where to go—
With whom
To board
And flow—
But even
Little children
Should know,
The heart has a way
Of its own;

You can tell it
How long to stay,
With whom to make
House and play—
Making vows
To never betray,
But the heart
Has a time
Of its own;

Yes, the heart loves…
And the heart roams;
Often new faces
And voices
Not our
Imagined choices—
The heart is never
Entirely known

For sure,

The heart
Is a subject
Alone—

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