Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two Readers

Making work out of words--
Artist denied?
Of commas, conjunctions, connotations--
Contrived?
Trading fun in for form
Or
Innate for refined?
Rather
Opening, growing, guiding the mind?
Devotion--Emotion--
First talent…Now skill?
Poetry--in motion.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pain, Passion, Love?

It can be uncomfortable to have our eyes "opened" to certain subjects in life. It can be even more unpleasant to have them opened for a second or third time. Today was a great day for that, a painfully wonderful day, an emotionally and spiritually challenging day. Today I listened to stories of pain and passion around me and I felt my own eyes hold back tears. Again. I've felt this sympathy before, stemming from similar pains and passions in the lives of my students and my colleagues. But every time I hear their stories, I feel like I'm more aware than before, and more defeated.


And it leaves me wondering: Why do we often fail so miserably at loving people? We all know what it's like to feel undervalued, unnoticed, or unworthy. But why do we so rarely break the cycle? Even if we don't feel loved by others, we can still show them the love we know they need! Love is still a wonderful thing, even when it only goes in one direction.