Monday, October 31, 2005

The Rescue by Robert Creeley

The Rescue

The man sits in a timelessness
with the horse under him in time
to a movement of legs and hooves
upon a timeless sand.

Distance comes in from the foreground
present in the picture as time
he reads outward from
and comes from that beginning.

A wind blows in
and out and all about the man
as the horse ran
and runs to come in time.

A house is burning in the sand.
A man and horse are burning.
The wind is burning.
They are running to arrive.

When this poem begins, I see an almost cinematic effect playing out. In my mind i see the man static in the center of the frame riding horseback. The horse's legs are scrambling across the scenery, and we can see the scenery and background whooshing by behind the static profile of the man, upon a timeless sand. As the poem procedes, the image somewhat flips. When the idea of a fire or burning enters into the scene, the whole image is changed. This is, after all, the rescue. Or the attempt at it atleast. This poem is short, yet paints pretty vividly upon the mind. The line structure is pretty much end-stopped. I like the way it is contrasted between the first and last stanza, starting with the man and the horse, and returning at the end to the man and the horse, in a much different scene than the one in which we started in. There was a hint of what was to come with the 'timeless sand' but one could not take note of that if they do not know where the story will go. I thought this was an interesting poem.

1 Comments:

Blogger Esther said...

This poem seems to use a lot of imagery through the diction used. I like the words that the speaker chooses to use because it conveys, just like you said, a cinematic effect. The line breaks in this poem are also effective in how the poem is perceived, like when the speaker says "A wind blows in" then starts with "and out" in the next line, it kind of creates a picture of how the wind is actually moving.

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