Means and Ends

Truth is necessarily loved in such a way that those who love something else—besides her—wish that other thing to be truth. Since they are unwilling to be deceived, they are unwilling to be convinced that they have been deceived. –St. Augustine

If I could read every word
   of Neruda or Dizdar
      in the Spanish or Bosnian
         but could not write
            I would be nothing
               but an iPad alert
                  during the opening
                     bars of the Largo
                        in Dvořák’s 9th.

If I employed a perfect hermeneutic
   and could explicate Blake
      or Lennon’s walrus gumboot
         but could not rhyme or verse
            I would not justify
               a column inch.

If I donated my proceeds to charity
   or my estate endowed the Academy
      yet I had not the Gift
         my words had all
            been vain.

Poetry takes its time
   and gives yours back to you.

Poetry seeks not itself
   but to increase the world’s richness.

Poetry cannot be made to yield
   what it and you do not possess.

Poetry is no record of wrongs
   though it may well concern sorrow
      or your grievous pain.

It is the crucible of beauty and truth.

Poetry persists.
It believes all things of all things.
It foreshadows redemption.
Poetry never fails;

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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