"Fairy Islands" by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite‘Peradventure Before Naptime’ by Denise Sobilo The Society December 7, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments for my two-year-old grandson, Exander “There’s no tale in the world I can’t believe.” I said.“If you have learned belief, you have learned something.” —Rudyard Kipling, “Bimi” X We meant to journey to the park;earth did not hold us as it ought,to Neverland we did embark—not the excursion we had sought. A cookie from the baker, hark!He and the butcher have been broughtto sea upon a leaky barque—the candle man is quite distraught. Pied piper’s pipe sings like a larkthe thousand tales¹; and we were caughtas childish wonder lights the sparkso man may venture forth, dreadnaught. Strange lands and creatures we did mark,fantastic flights of faery thought;thus out of poor made-matter starkthe Maker’s mind to us is taught. Imagination births the quark:a miracle which God hath wrought.For if the mind and soul were dark,how then would such things be bethought? X ¹Dr. John Senior included in his book, The Death of Christian Culture, a compilation of The Thousand Good Books of imaginative literature that prepare the cultural soil of a young mind, prerequisite to a study of the Great Books curriculum and, as well, to an understanding and appreciation of Western Civilization. . . Denise Sobilo’s work has previously been published by the St. Austin Review; The Imaginative Conservative; Jesus the Imagination; and The Antioch Review. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses allegra silberstein December 7, 2020 Lovely poem full of magic…Allegra Reply Margaret Coats December 7, 2020 A lovely reflection on imaginative literature, in image, rhythm, and rhyme. I am particularly struck by the line, “Imagination births the quark,” because the quark concept in particle physics did take its name from fantasy literature. And as quarks have been studied by physicists, they are considered not to be “dark,” but have “color” as a differentiating property. Of course this “color” has nothing to do with the ordinary use of the term, which depends on light even in the “ordinary” science of optics! A splendid image–and splendid work in using only two rhyme sounds for this 20-line poem. Reply C.B. Anderson December 8, 2020 Always in your poems, Denise, there is something hidden from the normal channels of perception. I now apologize for our previous misadventure. I see now that you are genuinely god-struck, and I had only wished that you should not proclaim it. You are the very quark, the quintessence of the poetic ideal, who can write poetry, whereas I can only find it in myself to write poems of limited scope. Reply Cynthia Erlandson December 8, 2020 “thus out of poor made-matter stark / the Maker’s mind to us is taught.” That is my favorite line — another very poetic way of bringing to mind that we create, and our imagination creates, because we reflect the mind of the Creator. I also love the way that, in the second verse, you alluded to and brought together the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.