I am killing two birds with one post this Wednesday morning, the third day of April, and mangling a metaphor as I do. Since I was too tired to post my usual Tuesday Teaser, I will do so now and also begin fulfilling a poetry goal for National Poetry Month. Reading a whole collection of poems is my wish, and I will choose my Tuesday Teaser from blogging friend, Jen Payne’s Evidence of Flossing.
Her introduction leads with a quote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.-John Muir, July 27, 1869”
“In a dream once, I saw the fabric of the
Universe. It was clearly laid out in fine strands of
translucent white dots, as if one were standing
inside a room full of beaded curtains
In the first few moments after waking, I
understood clearly that everything is connected;
how, if I touched one of the rows of white dots,
that touch would reverberate along the whole
system of dots; if I breathed or sang or wept,
that too would make waves along those strands.
My understanding of all of that was as fleeting
as my ability to still my mind, as translucent as
my understanding of god. And yet, the image
of those dots has remained for me a diverse
illustration of how it is.
Everything is connected.
Some of our basic tenets as humans remind us
of that: ‘for every action in nature there is an
equal and opposite reaction,’ and ‘as you did
it to the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me.’ ”
On the next page, the introduction continues with the Golden Rule and what the book is about: “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is a book about starstuff…a series of poems…[that] ask the reader to deeply consider the effects of our actions and how they influence everything else in the Universe. ”
THIS BOOK OF POETRY WILL BE A PLEASURE TO READ!