Un poème de Naomi Shihab Nye…

Accordez-vous deux petites minutes pour écouter la poétesse américaine Naomi Shihab Nye. J’ai eu le bonheur de la découvrir sur le site poets.org.

Quand sait-on qu’un poème est terminé…quand mettre le dernier coup de pinceau à son tableau, un point d’orgue à un morceau…. Voici une proposition de réponse…

Un grand merci à l’équipe de The Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) qui m’a gentiment donné l’autorisation de partager cette vidéo avec vous.

How Do I Know When a Poem Is Finished? Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952

When you quietly close
the door to a room
the room is not finished.

It is resting. Temporarily.
Glad to be without you
for a while.

Now it has time to gather
its balls of gray dust,
to pitch them from corner to corner.

Now it seeps back into itself,
unruffled and proud.
Outlines grow firmer.

When you return,
you might move the stack of books,
freshen the water for the roses.

I think you could keep doing this
forever. But the blue chair looks best
with the red pillow. So you might as well

leave it that way.

From Honeybee (Greenwillow Books, 2008) by Naomi Shihab Nye