Friend Wake Up!
Friend Wake up!
Why do you go on sleeping?
Mahler's Frère Jacques song is
a funeral dirge for Old Man Winter.
So wake up to the Song of Earth,
the blooming flowers of Spring.
What is the new love
that opens the gates?
Read Dante's Vita Nuova
to learn from a poet
who has awakened his
beautiful woman within
for the soul must descend
to taste the inferno depth
of the dark before its cleansing
with light so the spirit may
ascend to the bliss of paradise.
Friend Wake up! Wake up!
Peter Y. Chou
15-minutes poetry writing exercise
that Robert Bly gave to Stanford class
in his Workshop, starting with Kabir's line:
"Friend Wake up! Why do you go on sleeping?"
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