A Gift

What a joy! Once again, I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful array of poems read aloud by an intrepid group of poetry lovers who forsook green grass and balmy breezes on a lovely, shimmering summer’s eve to share a word feast with each other. Here is one poem about words that entranced me. It was softly read by a beautiful young woman who gave me a gift because I had never heard of the poet until I heard this:

talisman by Suheir Hammad

it is written
the act of writing is
holy words are
sacred and your breath
brings out the
god in them
i write these words
quickly repeat them
softly to myself
this talisman for you
fold this prayer
around your neck fortify
your back with these
may you walk ever
loved and in love
know the sun
for warmth the moon
for direction
may these words always
remind you your breath
is sacred words
bring out the god
in you

What lovely counter thoughts: “…words are /sacred and your breath /brings out the /god in them” and “…words/ bring out the god/ in you” — beautiful, don’t you think? To ponder the sacred, protective, fortifying, inspiriting power of words is always a blessing. Many thanks to poet and writing instructor Tara Moyle for bringing us together again. Write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to A Gift

  1. taramoyle says:

    You are more than welcome, Karin! Thank you for this entry and for your contributions to the group. I love hearing everyone’s stories about their connections to their chosen pieces, and the Herbert poem clearly has been with you for some time. Tracy K. Smith won the Pulitzer for her book Life On Mars. Must get a copy!

    • Hi Tara,

      Thanks so much for your lovely note and for bringing us
      all together — I just love the variety of our readers!
      I was telling a friend about our meetings and she’s a
      poetry lover along with one of my writing buddies, so
      I’m going to keep them posted on our next session.
      Thanks for letting me know about Tracy Smith — her
      poem just made my day!

      Have a wonderful weekend,

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