Unplugged, no signal, the place I step off the grid and into this other web that holds me when I remember and when I forget.

I walk in green; fern-scented, loam deep, where footprints spell names:  Deer, fox, coyote, heron, woman.

There is a grail some call holy I am hunting.  A poetry that speaks one word, sparer than pig and i spring rain, but an exhalation that shouts all things–the name of God, the I AM stretched in strings under everything that is.

Maybe a hunt for words is useless and we should seek and speak silence–the perfect poem spun by the genius of wind in the leaves, the purpose of stone.

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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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50 Responses to Unplugged, no signal, the place I step off the grid and into this other web that holds me when I remember and when I forget.

  1. “Maybe a hunt for words is useless and we should seek and speak silence–the perfect poem spun by the genius of wind in the leaves, the purpose of stone.”

    Useless perhaps,
    but what else is there it do?
    (I’m just now reading “Beautiful & pointless”(!) by David Orr)

    I like doing both–
    the silent work and
    the work of words.

    Brilliant work Susan–

  2. janehewey says:

    nothing is nearly as sublime as silence, i think. and yet….. your words are so powerful.

  3. Gorgeous – captivating 🙂 x

  4. brian miller says:

    the I AM stretching in strings under everything that is….smiles. like that much…a simple poetry with much power…a holy grail indeed….to seek and speak silence….ha…perhaps it might bring more peace as well….

  5. annotating60 says:

    Susan, I loved this. Particularly the ending.>KB

  6. Grace says:

    Not a bad idea Susan ~ I like the ending verse ~ Cheers ~

  7. Miriam E. says:

    oh Susan, this is gorgeous. so delicate and sparkling. wonderful work.

  8. claudia says:

    oh wow…that starts with a wonderful title…and yes….we need that other web so much… love how he stretches in everything that is..

  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love this Susan. I do feel inspired by nature… the right words seem to come to me when all is quiet and there are no time constraints.

  10. nelle says:

    Hunting words is noble. Hunting words connects to everything around you. Tthey are your contribution to the world.

  11. aprille says:

    Love the eloquent exhalation…
    The past few days I have been searching for something similar, if I understand you correctly: sounds rather than words, minute utterances that convey something beyond meaning. Onomatopoeia possibly, but not quite.

  12. ahh – but I know the word – it is “you”

  13. A wonderful peaceful moment you created there. I love nature poems– love reading them, love writing them, and most of all, love living them. ~peace, Jason

  14. kaykuala says:

    Maybe a hunt for words is useless
    and we should seek and speak silence

    Great word craft Susan! Speaking in paradox enhanced the effects of writings!

    Hank

  15. Maggie Grace says:

    Using words to describe silence…an awesome goal and you have succeeded. Great message. No technology. Silence. Silence to relish in and “to be” in rather than to shake a fist at for taking away the world wide connection.

  16. strong prose piece Susan, love the way you chose your wording throughout the piece, really stirs deep. Great share. thanks

  17. What better poetry is there than silence… that last verse is just awesome.

  18. wolfsrosebud says:

    “I AM” a few words and I know where you’re coming from… loved your lines

  19. Susan, you just get better and better. I can’t help but believe that there, where you are seeking, it where we do encounter the I AM. This is another keeper.

  20. Akila says:

    Loved the last lines. A profound impact

  21. A poet said, “There are still days you can catch me
    tape recording eternal silence
    and playing it backwards for an empty room”. Sometimes, silence truly has many more stories to tell than we may ever realize.

    Wonderful to read this…

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