Monday, May 2, 2011

Duriora Virtus - Poetry

Hand painted on tumbled blue stone. (Two of my ancestors.)
I have wept much,
that I may nourish these seeds

I have wept kindness,
that flesh may cover your wounds

I have wept truthfulness,
that tides may sweep clean your shores

I have wept courage
that wisdom may grow under my feet

I have wept much,
that I may be emptied before the rains

and the rains, they will come one day, I know

Note: duriora virtus - means 'virtue tries harder things'


  1. I loved this, wonderful meaningful words.

    Thanks for the comments things are not better, but I am a positive person , my crying done I will face the world.


  2. That's really good. Conveys a lot with so few words.

  3. Very, very nice. It has personal meaning as well as on so many other levels. Well-done.

  4. A lot of insight behind your compact copy. I like it a lot.

  5. "I have wept kindness,
    that flesh may cover your wounds"


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  7. I did poetry as part of my MFA over 20 years ago, and this poem is right up with the best of the poems I read in the workshops. The repetition "I have wept" is wonderful, the images vivid, and the repetition of "rains" at the end creates a haunting echo. This poem is JUST beautiful.

    Thanks for wishing me well in learning how to use my scanner. If I just had a younger mind!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

    p.s. Sorry about the above deleted post. I think it's about time to shut down the computer because my fingers aren't connecting very well with my brain!

  8. "that flesh may cover your wounds" -- haunting

  9. Absolutely beautiful. I hope you take this as the compliment I intend it to be: I read this three times, and it took me into a Peter Gabriel song, Red Rain. Not in comparison, but in complimentary accord.

  10. Thanks, as always. Strange how words come from nowhere; the line "I have wept courage.." leapt to life full-blown from nowhere yesterday. I suppose the crux of the poem is that sometimes I feel like I've spent most of my life caring for/knocking myself out for others and gotten little or nothing in return. I never begrudged it until now, and I suppose in a day or two I'll be back to my usual sunny self. (Well, maybe not in writing - I do tend toward darker subject matter for some reason.)
    And yes, Stu, i take it as a compliment - and a complement :))

  11. I loved this, rough and gentle and very powerful.

  12. I really love your writing! I write as well, so here is a link if you are interested:

  13. Awesome - this is the first bit of your poetry I've read and it has such powerful lexis.

  14. One of your pictures is refusing to show up in the post.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I must have inadvertently deleted it somehow.