Friday, June 12, 2009

What is poetry to me?

What poetry is to me--------poetry is a revelation, well I don’t mean to be religious here so in simple terms, it is a surprising understanding of a matter that has been disclosed to you. A moment of an epiphany where you can honestly say, Wow I see. So for me it is not just an open statement of the emotions and feeling of what I have gone through or I have witnessed another person go through but in the tranquility after the storm I have an answer. I understand the truth. So it becomes a story or a message that is not a complaint but an answer. It becomes creativity, just like Archimedes I could openly say, Eureka! “I have found it.” And so did Newton and Einstein. Creativity is madness anywhere.
King David and Solomon are the greatest poets that I have learned to appreciate. I like their adventures. You can experience David the shepherd, warrior, king and worshiper with distinct emotions. Even when he has sinned against God you can walk with him in his journey and feel for him but most importantly he shows you that you are human. He also talks of the past, the present and the future and all these are a revelation he was seeing. Solomon does the same, the wise man, lover, the preacher and the king. He sums up his revelation or understanding of the issues of life and wisdom as proverbs, songs, sermons and right judgment. He understood what was right and true while on the other hand he realized what vanity was. So he concludes with this truth “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.
That is accountability to the truth which is revealed to us ……by the way truth is a person, the word of God is truth and the word became flesh so it also became a person. Wow! So we can quit our search for truth and just find the person…promise me you will John3v16.