Comment 24 of 120, added on May 17th, 2007 at 5:58 AM.
A hundred individuals could read "What Lips ... " , and there'd be a
hundred perspectives , and probably ,at least , half as many
interpretations . Surely , many would appreciate the insightfullness ,
depth , and "suggested" abject finality that is , at once , an expression
of both unearthly joy and all too earthly pain . Personally , from a
metaphysical view , I find the expression to be very much an introspective
, "open-ended" , loving of current Self , fully as much as the perceivable
(and acknowledged) "timely loss of others" ... a reflection , in addition
to a grasping recognition , which has resulted in a "letting go" .
Not to wax esoteric in the extreme , but , for any student of the
physical sciences , there is the suggestion of a "mind / brain" interface
(contemporary ref range from W.Penfield to S. Grof) . Though by no means an
expert on the poet , I do dearly enjoy her poetic openness as offerings ;
these a product of her unfettered creative and expansive mind .
As far as I'm able to ascertain , she was prone to a certain moodiness ,
in addition to use of at least one chemical substance which can further
alter both perception and mood . These may have proved somewhat "dulling"
in later years , but , I believe , not at the time of this writing .
Despite what some may consider with regard to the aforementioned , I ,
nevertheless , find this sonnet to be both brilliant in presentation , and
ever so touching in emotionality .
So many times at autopsy , I've held the roughly three and one half
pounds of tissue that comprise the human brain in my hands , and wondered
as to it's collective sensory input , and complex data processing as
demanded during life ; and yet somehow come to know same as an empty
vessel of sorts . As marvelously complex an organ as the human brain
happens to be , somehow I've managed to make a distinction between the
physically concrete , and the mentally ethereal . As fact , we all are
susceptible to tangible influences upon the brain such as physical or
chemical insult . As an opinion , there is a separate and distinct
conscious / spiritual aspect which interfaces with the brain . To what
extent these factors influenced the poet and this sonnet are open to
individual conjecture . Though some would disagree , my feeling is that
such influences , at this time , are nil .
At this point , my obvious opinion is that the poet was beautifully gifted
in the spiritual realm of creativity and sensitivity , and that "What Lips
My Lips Have Kissed ... " is not to be viewed as any hopeless and
despairing expression of a "life wasted" , "lost" , and tearfully
unrecallable , but rather a recognition , an acceptance , a "loosening of
spirit" , and a "letting go" . ESVM's "emerging thought" and sentiment were
captured wonderfully , and expressed so succinctly , at the time of this
composition . Perhaps a few days prior , or a day or two later , and "What
Lips ... " may have never been . That would have been such a loss indeed .
Thankfully , walt
walt m wally martin
from United States