Thursday, June 17, 2010

Poem Thursday - A Reminder

I've been a little lost and wandering lately. I heard this on Speaking of Faith and it's pretty much the best advice I've heard in a long time -- for poets and for the rest of us.

How to be a Poet
(to remind myself)

i

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill-more of each
than you have-inspiration,
work,growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.

ii

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

iii

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

I found this poem here.

3 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Mmmm....this was so perfect. And exactly how I felt the other day when I unplugged it all and disappeared outside...

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That is truly lovely and inspiring.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful.