today everything i say
will lift up the last word
of my sentences
why not live
as if every breath
is a question?
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?
This is so wonderful, the last three lines simply magical !!!
Oh, thanks so much!
really love the end like a question- hangs there beautifully
thanks–this was fun!
Nice. I love the idea of questions.
Thank you very much!
I believe you just described reality. 😉
Think you’re right!
>>> 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
Thumbs up! I’ve mixed feelings about this but, excellent writ!
I love the way your mind works!
Aw, thank you, Jules.
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. 🙂
Anna–thanks so much!
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