Friday, August 14, 2009

On Silence - And Even Now I Feel Summer Slipping Away

Nine Lines, August 9

The gold of evening is closing,
drawing in, tightening.
The light is losing. It is
a little frightening
how fast August goes.
Others have noticed this.
The cat on his concealed switchblade toes
comes by, and what he says
is silent, but enlightening.


- Ursula K. Le Guin, in Incredible Good Fortune

Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky


- Ursula K. Le Guin, in A Wizard of Earthsea

There have been a number of interesting bits about the silence of the Word around -

I commend to you these resources:

Fr. Jonathan Tobias

Fr. Dcn. Matthew Steenburg - ‘God is there, where the understanding does not reach’

David Dickens at Nothing Hypothetical

1 Comments:

Blogger Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

I am collecting David Dickens' poems into a Word doc for safekeeping. His is the best poetry I've read in a long time. In fact, I think it's great.

Great poems you have posted here too.

The irony or paradox in these lines,

"Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,"

reminds of these in one of my old chants,

"how can the silence behind the song be so convincing?"

"how can the darkness behind the light be so radiant?"

from ‘Gotta Hear It From You’, http://cost-of-discipleship.blogspot.com/2006/03/gotta-hear-it-from-you.html

Hope you and your family are well.

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