The Snowman (reading Wallace Stevens’ Poem)

The  Snowman  (reading Wallace Stevens Poem) short poem

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Can we borrow the eyes of winter and spring to detect —
behind the slippery, crystal-glassy, prayer-like
quiet and focus of a sentinel, a snowman half-disfigured
when scrutinized by early February winds —
sparkles from an unseen, unbeatable citadel?
Perhaps to glimpse them is to design and shape a dream.
Perhaps it involves peeling the skins of our brains,
prying into their microscopic flesh, veins and tissues,
breathing the energy-whirling hearts of neurons
where micro-strands of juices and memories sleep and speak.
Maybe that citadel is one of the pinnacle building blocks
of His marble statue in heaven. This time, ghostlier, saintlier.
The marble is not marble. The statue is not statue.
It can metamorphose, leap, time-travel, prophesy,
myriad ways, at His disposal.

(Footnote: The ‘citadel’ may refer to the Element of Imagination or the Element of Poetic Creativeness in the cosmos or in the world of poetry.)

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Merton Lee is the author of best-selling ebooks (a) One Thousand Gifts (Where Is God When It Hurts?) published free on Smashwords website, and (b) When Bad Things Happen to Good People (God is biting the bullet theodicy) . He is the well-known author of the Christian articles 'Footprints in the sand (New version year 2013) ' and 'Let's do something beautiful for God'. His poem 'The Road Not Taken' is read by thousands of readers.Born in Singapore in 1969, he is a Christian essayist for the past 10 years. He has studied, reflected on and practised the key insights of the perennial wisdom of Christianity and the major religions for 30 years. He works as a senior Accountant and Finance Manager for more than 20 years in the public sector, contributing his best years to public service.He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree, studying Philosophy, English Literature and Economics. He also obtained Masters degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from UK (University of Leicester) and another Masters degree in Accountancy from an Australian University with distinguished results, qualifying as an Accountant. He is married for more than 20 years with two children. They live and work in Singapore.
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