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Why poetry?

Why poetry

Poetry, like stories and music, has a way of going beyond our ordinary thinking minds.  Poetry provides us with a deeper understanding and interconnectedness. Poetry often is alchemical.  In ancient times, it was musicians and the bards that were most highly honored.  Here are a few of my current favorites:

Every child has known God,

Not the God of names,

Not the God of don’ts,

Not the God who ever does anything weird,

But the God who knows only 4 words.

And keeps repeating them, saying “Come dance with Me, come dance.”

-Hafiz, The Gift

 

Do stones feel?

Do they love their life?

Or does their patience drown out everything else?

When I walk on the beach I gather a few

white ones, dark ones, the multiple colors.

Don’t worry, I say, I’ll bring you back, and I do.

Is the tree as it rises delighted with its many

branches,

each one like a poem?

Are the clouds glad to unburden their bundles of rain?

Most of the world says no, no, it’s not possible.

I refuse to think to such a conclusion.

Too terrible it would be, to be wrong.”

Mary Oliver, Blue Horses

 

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight

of walking in the noisy street

and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,

and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes

to see with the other eye.

-Rumi, The Essential Rumi

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