Home: A Sorted-book Poem

Paths to the heart,
the immense journey.
The way of a pilgrim,
the unforeseen wilderness;
the dispossessed garden;
the trail of tears
back to Cain.
The heart of man,
the hidden wound.
A world lost,
far from the madding crowd.
The way of the heart,
mountains and rivers without end.
Reaching out . . . .
you can’t go home again.

For dVerse FormForAll. Sam Peralta has given us a project to complete—sorted-book or spine poetry. The idea is pretty simple: take a number of books and arrange their titles in some kind of coherent order. It’s a whole lot of fun. I’m all for any project that ends up with books scattered all over the living room. I started out with about 50 interesting titles, finally whittled it down to this. I was delighted to be able to use the last title, since today is the birthday of Thomas Wolfe (earlier today I posted a little excerpt from Wolfe). Interesting how many books I have with the word heartin the title—you’d think I was a cardiologist or something. I also have a hell of a lot of Wendell Berry titles represented. I figured that would happen.


48 thoughts on “Home: A Sorted-book Poem

  1. You bring out that life is a journey, rarely repeated, never going back to the initial place particularly as we are not only going forward in time but millions of miles through space every day – blasted by weather and time's deteriorating effects.Well done!


  2. Wow, Nico, it was nice to see an insight into your library and into your 'self.' And yes, sometimes one really DOES have to remember that a person can NEVER go home again.


  3. the you can't go home again in the close hit hard… the journey… trail of tears back to cain…wow… a moving piece you put together…and you stacked high.. kudos nico..


  4. Wonderful–I also wanted to use the Thomas Wolfe==I have not read Wendell Berry, so must amend that.

    You chose great books and use therm in a distinctive way–really well done, Nico. K.


  5. Thanks RMP, I'm so happy you stopped by. It's been awhile since I've seen you around; I'll head over to your place in a bit to see what you've been up to!


  6. Thanks Tony–yeah, I think its a mistake to keep the religious writers separated from their more doubt-filled counterparts. Both Henri and Thomas spoke knowingly of the human heart, I think. At any rate, Jude the Obscure is one of the most heart-searching books I've ever read!


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