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Thursday, January 1, 2004

The Boiling Water

Rating: 3.2
A serious moment for the water is
when it boils
And though one usually regards it
merely as a convenience
To have the boiling water
available for bath or table
Occasionally there is someone
around who understands
The importance of this moment
for the water—maybe a saint,
Maybe a poet, maybe a crazy
man, or just someone
temporarily disturbed
With his mind 'floating'in a
sense, away from his deepest
Personal concerns to more
'unreal' things...

A serious moment for the island
is when its trees
Begin to give it shade, and
another is when the ocean
washes
Big heavy things against its side.
One walks around and looks at
the island
But not really at it, at what is on
it, and one thinks,
It must be serious, even, to be this
island, at all, here.
Since it is lying here exposed to
the whole sea. All its
Moments might be serious. It is
serious, in such windy weather,
to be a sail
Or an open window, or a feather
flying in the street...

Seriousness, how often I have
thought of seriousness
And how little I have understood
it, except this: serious is urgent
And it has to do with change. You
say to the water,
It's not necessary to boil now,
and you turn it off. It stops
Fidgeting. And starts to cool. You
put your hand in it
And say, The water isn't serious
any more. It has the potential,
However—that urgency to give
off bubbles, to
Change itself to steam. And the
wind,
When it becomes part of a
hurricane, blowing up the
beach
And the sand dunes can't keep it
away.
Fainting is one sign of
seriousness, crying is another.
Shuddering all over is another
one.

A serious moment for the
telephone is when it rings.
And a person answers, it is
Angelica, or is it you.

A serious moment for the fly is
when its wings
Are moving, and a serious
moment for the duck
Is when it swims, when it first
touches water, then spreads
Its smile upon the water...

A serious moment for the match
is when it burst into flame...

Serious for me that I met you, and
serious for you
That you met me, and that we do
not know
If we will ever be close to anyone
again. Serious the recognition
of the probability
That we will, although time
stretches terribly in
between...
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COMMENTS
George Delsing 01 July 2020
This is a memorable comic poem by one of our humorous champions.
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Nithya 19 February 2017
A deep interpretation on boiling water. At first it seems trivial, just to prepare the temperature for cooking, but assuming a more involved perspective, boiling its changing the state of calm water. It is becoming completely different as it transforms into an agitated, bubbling mess and into exhausted steam. This poem can make you pay attention to the importance of things that are seemingly insignificant.
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 20 September 2016
Occasionally there is someone around who understands The importance of this moment for the water If we will ever be close to anyone again. Serious the recognition of the probability That we will, although time stretches terribly in between... wow, beautiful work. 10 for it.
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Seamus O Brian 20 September 2016
Carried me along nicely until revealing the serious side of seriousness. A good bit to enjoyably contemplate here.
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John Bryson 20 September 2016
I liked this poem a lot.
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John Richter 20 September 2016
Really enjoyed this poem about seriousness, with the end finally reaching the point.... Relationships, and seriousness.... Awesome poem...
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Anil Kumar Panda 20 September 2016
Yeah, when one starts performing its job it becomes serious. like a match burning, A cloud poring and a duck begins to swim. Falling in love is serious if you intend to keep it for ever. Nice poem.
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 20 September 2016
Good ideas in the poem
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Edward Kofi Louis 20 September 2016
A serious moment! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Rajnish Manga 20 September 2016
The poem is quite thought provoking and is a reflection of the poet's philosophical thoughts: A serious moment for the water is / when it boils A serious moment for the match is / when it burst into flame...
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