We ought to be quiet …

Sometimes, it takes a poet to say it best:


Poem From Washington Upon Hearing the President Praise the War


Maybe men and women need to be quiet for part of the day

Like Orphic birds asleep on the tombs in Italy—

Tuck your head, sleep in the sidelong avian mysteries,

Sleep like the frittilaries in the cemetery grass.

Yes we need less talk. Our country is sick with talk.

We ought to be quiet—put down the telephones—

To inquire of the numberless dead

With the offertory of our minds alone,

No tongues, no tongues at all.


–Stephen Kuusisto


2 Responses to “We ought to be quiet …”

  1. thanks for the link, Wren! Just a minor correction though: Steve is a “Stephen” and not a “Steven”.

    I just viewed the YouTube video you have in your sidebar re: “Every moment counts…” WOW.

  2. Erk. Sorry Steve and thanks Connie — correction made.

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