I am again returned from a writing retreat. I am home for awhile to digest a new way of perceiving and editing and turning my life around like a prism so as to perhaps when needed drop it into the language and receptivity of a poem.
I contemplate: "A poem is the pause that lets us feel life."
Life is not poetry. With each poem we write or read, it is important to ask ourselves what this poem is about. Use the poem we write or read to allow us further entry into our life, and, of course, enjoy and have fun.
The life of contemplation implies two levels of awareness: first, awareness of the question, and second, awareness of the answer. Though these are two distinct and enormously different levels, yet they are in fact an awareness of the same thing. The question is, itself, the answer. And we ourselves are both.
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books). p. 4
And all is summed up in one awareness - not a proposition, but an experience: "I AM."
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation: p. 4