This is a blog to honor words and wonder, and the inevitable intersection of the two. The name of the blog comes from a line in a poem I wrote in response to William Stafford’s poem, “In the All-Verbs Navaho World”: “…thank-smile at this bliss-bless moment…“
“Pure wisdom of someone who knows nothing” comes from Pablo Neruda’s poem, “Poetry,” in which he writes,
“I did not know what to say, my mouth had no way with names my eyes were blind, and something started in my soul, fever or forgotten wings, and I made my own way, deciphering that fire, and I wrote the first faint line, faint, without substance, pure nonsense, pure wisdom of someone who knows nothing, and suddenly I saw the heavens unfastened and open…And I, infinitesimal being drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, felt myself a pure part of the abyss, I wheeled with the stars, my heart broke loose on the wind.“
And that pretty well describes the role that writing plays in my life. My purpose for keeping this blog then, is to celebrate that mystical process that starts with a spark of curiosity and burns into the flames of truth and wisdom that I ignite when I trust the process of writing, illuminating all those things I had no idea that I knew. I will be posting my own words–mostly poetry–some brand new and some that have been collecting cobwebs for many years, some raw and some refined.
Enjoy and please feel free to comment!