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Who am I, if not a loyal member of the Colbert Nation?



Last night, on the Colbert Report, Stephen engaged in a Meta-Free-Phor-All with Sean Penn. The moderator was Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the U.S., who judged whether the correct metaphors were given as answers. Sadly, Mr. Penn won (10,000,000 to 1). However, Mr. Pinsky wanted to promote his poetry, and "Samurai Song" was selected to be the next "#1 poem in America." (Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" is close to being on notice.)

The poem, "Samurai Song", comes from Pinsky's collection Jersey Rain, which came out in 2001. "Samurai Song" has since made it into some collections as well. Pinsky based the poem on a 14th century Japanese poem, and he used the form to structure his poem.

Here's the first two stanzas:

When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.

When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.


Here is a link to the complete text of the poem, which is worthy of a Poetry Friday mention even had Stephen Colbert not ordained it so. The focus on the life of a samurai, and on the idea of poet as samurai, is lovely, the imagery just right.





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dianemdavis
Apr. 20th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
I had it on Tivo and so had to go check it before it was replaced with tonight's episode. LOL funny. Thanks for pointing it out. Perhaps this weeks picture/poem should be redone to read:
Iraq time
passes
like moisture drips
from the soiled and
bloodstained
underwear
of
George Bush.
(kudos to sean penn)
kellyrfineman
Apr. 20th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
The soiled and bloodstained underwear is such a disgusting line.
dianemdavis
Apr. 20th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
sorry about that. sometimes in making fun of comedy, in quoting comedy, the lines don't translate. Yes, it was a disgusting line.....just delete it.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 20th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I was referring to Sean Penn's speech -- not to your post, which quoted Sean's line, and which was appropriate to the topic. No worries!!
slayground
Apr. 21st, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
I posted this back to you at Big A little a:

Stephen Colbert doesn't know it yet, but he will play my father or uncle or boss in a film or TV show or something someday. :)
kellyrfineman
Apr. 21st, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I heart Stephen Colbert. And Jon Stewart, for that matter -- I'm seeing him live next Friday, in fact. (Jon, that is.) Huzzah!
slayground
Apr. 21st, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Have fun!
slayground
Apr. 22nd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Did I just hear JOHN KERRY say "blogosphere" to Stephen Colbert?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DfiL2hpnmZ0

Yes, yes, I think I did.

Bliss.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 22nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh how I loved that clip -- which I'd never ever have seen had you not sent it along. I love hearing Colbert refer to the character he plays in such a way. Pure gold.
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