Poet! Ungrateful child!
Lover of beauty for its own sake!

Did you expect the moon, your mother,
To give and give, and never take?
To always be a light for you?
In this day, where there is no poetry,
You long for a night that will never return,
When night held you, before the sun rose
And son was the pun too bright to learn.
Listen to me: there is no beauty
For its own sake. Do your duty.
Look inside yourself. You are a dark, indifferent tune.
You need to be a mother.  You need to make another moon.



  1. Diane Roberts Powell said,

    June 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    “You need to be a mother. You need to make another moon.”

    CUTE! How would you know whether or not I’m a mother? Of course, the poem’s not about me. Real mature Tom.

  2. thomasbrady said,

    June 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm


    Thanks for your comment. Yes, you are right. The poem is not about you.

    • Diane Roberts Powell said,

      June 24, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Yes, quite right. Patricia Lockwood’s poem isn’t about YOU either!

      Uh, the difference between your poem and Marilyn Chin’s is that her poem is actually well written.

      • thomasbrady said,

        June 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

        I hope Patricia Lockwood’s poem is not about me!

        My poem, Response to Rape Joke, or whatever the hell I called it, is about me; and in the T.S. Eliot/Tradition & the Individual Talent sense, the comparison of the two poems is ‘about’ us all.

        I’m sure Marilyn will be glad to hear you like her poem.

  3. Mature Mothers support said,

    June 23, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Dang – why she all hostile and matriarchal ?

    • Diane Roberts Powell said,

      June 25, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Hurry, Spanky and Alfalfa, and gather up the other boys in the He- Man Woman Haters Club. Can’t Darla see her presence isn’t welcomed here?

      • noochinator said,

        June 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        Hi Diane — I just want to clarify that “Mature Mothers support” is not me! –Bob T.

  4. noochinator said,

    June 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Music by a mother: Ulric Cole (1905-1992), two pieces from her ‘Metropolitones: Three Compositions for the Piano’. The two pieces are “Lullaby in the Park” (begins at 0:01) and “Man-about-town” (begins at 2:18). For more information on Ulric Cole, please click the link below:


  5. thomasbrady said,

    June 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I actually got the idea for “Poet” after reading this poem:


    I don’t know if this is more ammunition for Diane. I hope not.

    Marilyn and I happened to be at Iowa at the same time.

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