Who'd Have Thought???
Just Another Manic Monday

Friday is for Poetry, Of Course

It's raining this morning. We haven't had rain in a very long time, and it's been So Dang Hot for So Dang Long that everything is parched and dry and desperate for water. Earlier this summer, it rained so much that I had mushrooms everywhere. Now? Let's just say . . . my garden is sighing in relief this morning!


It's Friday, and I need to get on to the poetry part of things. This week, I've been devouring a book of poetry that I recently added to my personal poetry library/collection. The poet is Campbell McGrath, another one of my favorites. A lot of McGrath's poems are long. Prose poems. Long lyric poems. Incredible to read, but too long for a blog post, y'know? (If you've always balked at reading prose poems, Campbell McGrath might change your mind. He is the King of the epic prose poem.)

Luckily, he writes shorter poems, too. Here you go!


Saying No
Campbell McGrath

No sir, absolutely not, sorry, but no,
Not sorry, actually -- just no.
Keep it simple, plain vanilla: nope,
Not happening. Big en, big oh.

No way, no how.
Negative, nuh-uh, ixnay, nyet.
No no, no no.

Not likely, not likely. Maybe,
but I doubt it.
Possibly, conceivably, in theory.
Un-huh, mm-hmmm . . . .

Well yeah, sure, okay, why not,
oh definitely, yes,
wow, I mean anything,
anything at all, when can we begin?


My best wishes to all of you . . . for a weekend filled with peace and solace, time to rest -- and things that bring you joy. (And maybe some poetry, too.) (And rain if you need it.)


Today's poem was published in Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems, Campbell McGrath, Ecco, 2019.  Information about the poet can be found here



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Ooh, this is a good one! I love the line "Not sorry, actually -- just no." I came across his poem "Villanelle" last week and loved his playfulness and creativity. I need to read more Campbell McGrath!


Ha. That's great!! Have a wonderful weekend!


LOL - this is a fun one.

We've had the rain (tropical storm-ish) all day. It's finally easing up, but we, too, haven't had rain in some time, so our gardens are singing praises too.


I love the way that poem shows that we CAN change and evolve.


Thank you! I am adding some Campbell McGrath to my poetry list! We had some rain overnight and my yard is much happier than it was! (although we could use lots more rain, I will take it!)

Caffeine Girl

This rain was much needed here. And I am so happy to have a break from watering!


We have also been desperate for rain and finally got it in the form of some strong storms Friday evening (which may or may not have been the reason we lost internet all day yesterday and is the reason I am finally catching up on Friday's posts today!). The garden is looking so much happier, though our front lawn still looks more like straw than grass.

Thanks, as always, for enriching my day with some poetry!


Oh yes, I LOVE IT! I've been that way about a few things ... pandemic days perhaps? I actually spent time this week looking at quilt patterns!

The comments to this entry are closed.