Way back in 4th grade, we were asked to memorize a poem from our English book and recite it in front of the class. Being nine-years old and horse-mad, I chose Robert Frost’s “Stopping through the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” chiefly because he acknowledged his “little horse” and its thoughts about the change in journey.
Yeah, I know. Prepubescent girl-child logic.
In high school, a slightly older and wiser me stumbled upon Robert Frost’s poetry again and once more fell in love; this time not for visuals of patient ponies but for the lean and lovely lyricism of his words.
During one of those long, wonderfully ramble-y conversations I had with my husband when we first met, we talked about poetry and I remember rather shyly quoting my favorite of all Frost’s poems, “Fire and Ice.”
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
A few months later, on my birthday, he surprised me with an original copy of the 1920 Christmas Edition Harper’s Magazine in which “Fire and Ice” was first published, in a shadow box frame he made himself.
I remember being so blown away by the sweetness and thoughtfulness of the gesture. It brought to my mind the last lines of another of my favorite poems by Frost, “The Rose Family.”
The dear only knows
what will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose –
But were always a rose.
Cool gift! I love Robert Frost but my favorite poet I think is Pablo Neruda. And Charles Bukowski. And Carolyn Kizer. Oh, there’s too many favorites!
I like Neruda too and EE Cummings as well. Will check out Charles Bukowski and Carolyn Kizer. Thanks!
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How cool! I love how poetry played a significant part in your relationship!
He’s very thoughtful and detail oriented. I had figured out by the first date that he was someone who would be very important to me. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!
Very lovely post about your history with Frost and how your husband was so very thoughtful in giving you something that really meant so much.
Thank you, Deborah. My husband is a really wonderful person – I am very happy to have him!
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Lovely story today, Kimi. 🙂
Thank you, Mark! I really appreciate you stopping by. You guys are about to get some snow this week, aren’t you?
We are overdue, some would say about the snow, Kimi. 🙂