”We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – John Keating (Robin Williams), Dead Poets Society
I really love this quote. It speaks the truth. Poetry flows freely from our passion to express ourselves. It comes deep within our soul. Oftentimes, it is what we are feeling that become and shape into a verse.
When my long arduous journey
is oftentimes trodden in solitary
Avoided and feared by many
for its steep ground is stony
I feel Him
when my vision becomes dim
He guides me
towards the light for me to be free – Winnie
How about you? What will be your verse?