WHO KNOWS THE POWER OF POETRY?

To listen to a recording of this poem

Who knows the power of poetry?
Poetry is the language
of the power of the deep heart.
And what is the power of the deep heart?
Is not the human heart linked to the motions
of sun and moon;
to the fiery unfoldment of every bud;
to the dark essence of tree blood in a branch;
to the limitless ocean of the holy?
If God so willed,
could He not through one human heart
stop all movements of the stars,
make rivers flow back from the sea
to the hills,
shrink a tree to its seed,
pour light into the brain of a blind man,
resurrect the dead with a word?

Who knows the power of the deep heart?
Its language is poetry.
Hey! Who knows the power of poetry?

WHO KNOWS THE POWER OF POETRY?

Blake Steele

Molkom, Sweden

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*From ancient times the poet stood at the center of the community and spoke as a shaman, a prophet, a weaver of the communal dreams, a rememberer and celebrant, a myth-maker, a voice of the gods. In this primal way of being words became living things because they inspired a corporate dream. And the corporate dream of mankind affects birds, the nature of trees, the great storms of the sea.

We are slowly waking up to realize we are locked in a corporate dream whose foundations are from the industrial revolution and the birth of materialism, as well as Newtonian conceptualizations still deeply embedded in the popular consciousness.

But who knows the power of the deep heart… and poetry is its language.*

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