Wanting Sumptuous Heavens

By Robert Bly b. 1926 Robert Bly
No one grumbles among the oyster clans,
And lobsters play their bone guitars all summer.
Only we, with our opposable thumbs, want
Heaven to be, and God to come, again.
There is no end to our grumbling; we want
Comfortable earth and sumptuous Heaven.
But the heron standing on one leg in the bog
Drinks his dark rum all day, and is content.

Robert Bly, “Wanting Sumptuous Heavens”" from The New Yorker, November 5, 2007. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: The New Yorker (Unpublished Collection, 2007)

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Poet Robert Bly b. 1926

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Faith & Doubt, Religion

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Since the 1960s, Robert Bly has written poetry that is nonacademic, based in the natural world, the visionary, and the realm of the irrational. As a poet, editor and translator, Bly has profoundly affected American verse, introducing many unknown European and South American poets to new readers. In addition to his poetic endeavors, he has gained attention for his theories on the roots of social problems, and his efforts to help . . .

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SUBJECT Faith & Doubt, Religion

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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