today everything i say
will lift up the last word
of my sentences

defying gravity

why not live
as if every breath
is a question?

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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21 Responses to ?

  1. On the other hand (I’m sure you’ve seen this…)

    • Oh! This is delightful! I have seen this, but thanks for the laughs and pleasure of seeing this again! I am going to have to like, you know, share this with my friends–know what I’m saying?

  2. Green Speck says:

    This is so wonderful, the last three lines simply magical !!!

  3. Bruce Ruston says:

    really love the end like a question- hangs there beautifully

  4. Esther Jones says:

    Nice. I love the idea of questions.

  5. nelle says:

    I believe you just described reality. 😉

  6. >>> why not live
    as if every breath
    is a question? <<<

    Indeed! Are you familiar with Rainer Rilke and his oh, so popular quote about loving and living the question? Sometimes when I am asked a question I tell the asker, "you know, I need to walk around and live in that question for a few days. I'll get back to you."

    Alice Walker wrote a stunning response to it, also, that is part of the Berkeley Poetry Walk. Love love love your words here…. this is so great!

    • Julie–thanking you. I love Rilke…how could I have missed that quote? Going to have to look it up!

    • Ah–here it is–

      …I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
      Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
      in Letters to a Young Poet

  7. Thumbs up! I’ve mixed feelings about this but, excellent writ!

  8. jmgoyder says:

    I love the way your mind works!

  9. Anna says:

    I’m sure nothing I say here will come as a surprise but, really, that was lovely. You certainly have a gift and I think this poem is going to linger with me for a while…makes me want to lift up the ends of my sentences and see what happens. 🙂

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