Monday, October 20th, 2014

DISTRUSTING SHALLOW TRITE SPIRITUAL WORDS IS UNIVERSAL!!!

I just enjoyed a kind of cosmic chuckle.
I stumbled across some writing of the Persian poet Hafiz who was born around 1325.
He wrote ecstatic love poetry to the divine and had a wicked sense of humor.
(Never trust anyone with a spiritual bent than isn’t funny.)
His writing is revered in Iran/Persia and quoted like proverbs.

Here he is making fun of “would be” spiritual poets.

A POETRY WORKSHOP

If I ever gave a poetry workshop,
here are some key factors I would elaborate upon
hoping to give you your money’s worth.

—Watch out for the word “flower”
It can be lethal.

—Be equally on your guard for the word “rainbow”
and its (for the most part) assault on serious literature

—And the words “Butterfly” or “Star”, I love them,
but I think they are best left off the page unless you
are desperate, and/or have not yet reached puberty.

—That about rounds out the general holy trinity of “don’ts”
in poems, from my perspective

—And if you every succumb to using the work “Flower, Rainbow,
or the B or S word more than twice in one book, unless it very
cleverly done—-well

Well, you should really invite someone to shoot you!

Hafiz

And from my prayer/poems soon to be a book:

I can’t stand 
High faulting love language
Or spiritual language
You can’t stand on
I want gritty fierce earthy words
For my prayer

me







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