Poetry remembers that language is shaped air; it remembers ashes to ashes, dust to dust, wind to wind; it knows we don’t own what we know.It knows the world is, after all, unnameable, so it listens hard before it speaks, and wraps that listening into the linguistic act. ~ Don McKay
I came across this lovely evocation in Robert Bringhurst’s book “Everywhere Being is Dancing”. I find something completely profound in this little snippet…Bringhurst goes on to write about it for several hundred more pages, bringing in other themes and uniting the whole in quite a staggering way. Meanwhile, I remain immersed in the idea of wrapping listening into language…
And here is the Chinese character for listening: on the left, the sign for ears, while on the right, from top to bottom, the signs for eyes, full attention, and heart. What a beautiful visual metaphor for the engagement of listening.
And that is what I have been doing, my imaginary friend, listening to the sounds of the world and pondering the ineffable beauties of poetry.
wow! thats how one should listen. with whole being.
I find the Chinese character so beautiful! As I write this, I am thinking about how I slow down and pay more attention when I read poetry. No wonder poetry can soothe the savage in me. Good day, Sharmishtha Basu, and thank you for visiting 🙂
i feel the same soothing effect through songs/music. no matter how turbulent my mind is i can soothe it through songs/music.
visiting you is my pleasure.
that challenge was interesting was not it? I am reposting those poems to save a little fresh writing energy.
I love this! Love that you included the Chinese character – fascinating!
Thank you! There are some things that seem to deep for words…
Where’s the like button? I need five of them! 🙂
Why thanks, Subhan. It is such a pleasure to meet new friends 🙂