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“…my new friend wrote to ask how I liked the poems. I answered, ‘I’m always struck by how in tune the poems are with whatever is going on in my life or mind at that moment. I first marvel that some soul once created each poem, and then I’m amazed that these gifts find me without any effort of my own, via a conduit I’ve never met in person. I often dream of poems now, and wake thinking of some line.’ That, he offered, is how you know they are working.”
“I learned that I was, at age 42, in a state of advanced kidney failure. I had three options: death, dialysis, or transplant. In the tenebrous first days of my new reality, I grew most attached to the idea of death. There were no children to leave behind, and in my disconsolate state, I believed my husband would be better off with any woman but me. I developed the romantic notion of a sojourn at a Mediterranean villa followed by a jump from a cliff.”
Read the entire article at the Poetry Foundation website.
Wow, that is quite the article! Poetry can definitely become a conduit for realizing and expressing thought and emotion! the first I remember reading was the Book of Psalms.
written by David, the young shepherrd who eventually became one of the greatest kings in history, I am always astounded at how these words, intended as lyrics , often begin as petitions , end in revelelation and joy! Personally, I have endured many surgeries , kidney issues included, and without the “truth” of God’s heart being spoken through the the words and phrases of our human expression, darkness could have overwhelmedme. but here we are today, “vessels being used to inspire, uplift and encourage. Keep searching and loving!
I want to thanmk you for the inspiration today for my blog :)