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In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.


Mediocrity is perhaps due not so much to lack of imagination as to lack of faith in the imagination, lack of the capacity for this abandon.

imagination mediocrity

You can live for years next door
to a big pinetree, honored to have
so venerable a neighbor, even
when it sheds needles all over your flowers
or wakes you, dropping big cones
onto your deck at still of night.


When you're really caught up in writing a poem, it can be a form of prayer.  I'm not very good at praying, but what I experience when I'm writing a poem is close to prayer.  I feel it in different degrees and not with every poem.   But in certain ways writing is a form of prayer.