by Margot Schilpp
I know that dying is how we escape
the rest of our lives. I think that trees
send us a message: do not believe
you are lucky. The skins of apples
and the peeler will marry; it's simply
a question of when. Believe
in mourning and carrion birds.
Look how their fleshy treasures
dissolve in the sun before their very eyes.
To love something
you must have considered what it means
to do without. You must have thought
about it - the coefficient of the body
is another body - but do not forget
that there are people who are willing
to staple your palm to your chest.
Know there are places it isn't wise to go.
Begin again if you must: there are ways
to make up for what you have been before,
the dust in the corners that collects you.
Sympathy is overrated.
Rethink how lack
becomes everyone's master, drives us
into town and spends our money.
Quiet: the trees are napping.
Water meets itself again.
We reach for the days that precede us
and the world keeps us from knowing
too much. The body loves music,
the abandoned road of it;
each day a peel
lengthens in the shadow of blossoms,
fabric weaves itself into light.
Pay attention to the patterns. They repeat -
terraces erode, groves lie fallow -
order is cognate of joy.
via Verse Daily
The above poem kind of knocked my socks off when I came across it. The forcefulness! And though the tone is one of confidence, it also seems written as a sort of 'note to self' poem.
Speaking for myself, I seem to need to learn and re-learn things, and so I have found that writing a daily manifesto, a manifesto for living, to be a useful thing. It doesn't have to be a poem, a diary entry will do. Remember, remember, remember, it begins. What is it that you know? What are the patterns?
Another walk around the suburbs, looking for beauty, for patterns.
There are so many stories in the suburbs, so many oddities, in the sameness of it all.
And I'm still obsessed with trying to catch the leaves dropping from the trees. Harder to do than it looks....