What Any Lover Learns


One of my favorite poems.  I especially like the truth of the poem revealed by the title.

What Any Lover Learns
Archibald MacLeish

Water is heavy silver over stone.
Water is heavy silver over stone’s
Refusal. It does not fall. It fills. It flows
Every crevice, every fault of the stone,
Every hollow. River does not run.
River presses its heavy silver self
Down into stone and stone refuses.

What runs,
Swirling and leaping into sun, is stone’s
Refusal of the river, not the river.

Heavy Silver

This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Today’s letter is L. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. You can find other A to Z participants by clicking on the graphic. You’ll find an index of all of my A to Z blog posts here.

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11 responses to “What Any Lover Learns

  1. That photograph is stunning! I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

    • Wow! Visiting all 1900 participants? What an undertaking. Thanks for stopping by — and for taking the time to comment. I think your Letters in Nature series is intriguing. The things that we see once we start looking for them.

  2. Thank you for posting the poem. I’ve not seen it before and I enjoyed it.

  3. I’ve always like McLeish, And the photo…. the photo…… is a real prizewinner!!!! Needs to be printed large on my wall. Just knocks me out!!!!

    • Terry, I knew when I shot these waterfall photos that you’d like the subject but I am beyond flattered that you think that it is so good. The water, the concrete, the blocks’ slight decay: your photographs have definitely influenced me, opening my eyes to opportunities like this. The banner photo on this page and the abstract I posted last weekend are from the same waterfall, shot at the same time.

  4. Have always loved this poem; thanks for reminding me, and so perfectly matching ti with your imagery.

    • I have loved this poem since the first time I read it around 1984-5. I didn’t think of the photo at first — although I took this less than a week ago — but as I scrolled through my photo archive, it seemed a good match. Might have been better if I could find one of a natural water fall, with water jumping over rocks & glistening in the sun, but I do like this one. Thanks for your comments Catherine.

  5. Good poem and I am very interested with this writing challenged you’re engaged in. It seems quite fascinating and you’re using very versatile approaches.

    • Sometimes it doesn’t seem “versatile” but rather grasping at straws to come up with something! Thanks for stopping by & commenting, Deelaytful.