To Helen…

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,
The weary, wayworn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.
On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece
And the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche
How statue-like I see thee stand,
The agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
Are Holy Land!
………………………………………………………………..Edgar Allan Poe

While Borges and Rodman both agreed Neruda did write some best poems and Poe,      on the other hand, is minor.
Chance failed me to raise my objection, but the disagreement would like to have a stake here to proof. And the French are with me.


About NgTom

Three fundamental constituents support my life; they are literature, philosophy and photography. And I am rather glad that I don't really need them to sustain my living. But, it only implies my incompetent.
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26 Responses to To Helen…

  1. krikitarts says:

    This really is a lovely portrait, Tom–very well done!

  2. 这是你拍的,太赞了
    得到别人允许了吧 😀

  3. cessology says:

    Regarding the photo, the lady is gorgeous! Who is she?
    Both poets are great, but between Neruda and Poe, I like Neruda better. 😉

    • NgTom says:

      I like Neruda’s poems too.
      Regarding the photo, may I urge you to look at the granular texture of granites… 😉

  4. seekraz says:

    The photo is beautiful, yes…and your response above as to who the woman is…”may I urge you to look at the granular texture of granites….” also beautiful.

    • NgTom says:

      I hope my word is appropriate to express my idea
      that the granite is as beautiful as Helen…

      • seekraz says:

        I don’t think the words were wrong, but I think the person you responded to had asked you who the woman was…who she is. I took your words to mean that she might have been part of you, your daughter maybe. If you were deflecting the question, you did it beautifully. 🙂

      • NgTom says:

        I almost fall into a swoon with your surmise. 🙂
        I don’t mean to deflect the question.
        I just want my dear readers to pay some attention on the granite.

      • seekraz says:

        We couldn’t miss the granite, Tom…but the woman is so beautiful that she cannot be ignored…whoever she is. 🙂

      • NgTom says:

        Oh, Scott, I just could not tame my jealous heart with all the eyes staring at Helen….:)

      • seekraz says:

        Well that makes sense, Tom! Good for you…she is a beautiful woman, whoever she is! Oh, and the granite is pretty, too. 🙂

      • NgTom says:

        I admire your sense of humor…give you good night

      • seekraz says:

        Thank you, Tom…and good night to you, too. 🙂

  5. Her dark,eyes, gazing so directly into the lens, reveal the loving soul within.

    The granite, though much older, reveals its own soul in colors and textures.

    Helen’s beauty and that of the granite are a few of the gifts we have been granted by our Creator.

    Ng Tom, a wonderful photo!

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