The Favorite – Blog #5
I had a difficult time choosing which piece to advocate this time.
Carolyne Wright’s poem “This Dream The World is Having About Itself” tells a story about time passing, American-life, family, and death.
The last line struck me deeply, and lingered:
“in open fields, we would
watch the trail deepen in brilliant shadow
and dream all the decades ahead of us.”
I find more power and depth within the words of Alison Townsend’s “The Favorite.”
In this poem, we examine the give-and-take relationship of a student and a teacher. When a truly deep and intimate connection is made, it is inevitable that the roles will reverse at some point: The student will give the teacher the seeds of new knowledge.
**The instinctive need we feel to help the ones we relate to
**The way we live vicariously through other people and their stories
**How strength always evolves through the most difficult of experiences
“The most beautiful room in her whole house built from the ugliest mud”
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