The power of language remains, first and foremost,
a way of singing oneself into contact with others and with the cosmos—
a way of bridging the silence between oneself and another person,
or a startled black bear, or the crescent moon soaring like a billowed sail above the roof.
Whether sounded on the tongue, printed on the page, or shimmering on the screen,
language’s primary gift is not to re-present the world around us,
but to call ourselves into the vital presence of that world—
and into deep and attentive presence with one another..."
(c) David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology
- Write a poem that bridges the silence between you and another being, human or non-human.
- Write about your relationship to language. As you reflect back on your words, see if their are ways in which your relationship to language mirrors your relationship to nature.
- Read a poem a day for a week. Read your poems outside in nature. What do you sense happens when poetry fills the air?