As July comes to a close, I continue to seek rest when I can. Poetry often offers respite, even when it spurs me to act. I found such rest—and prodding—through a poem by Shannon Perry in the current issue of SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. Here’s how it begins:
On Trump’s Election
by Shannon Perry
If I encounter knife-edged voices
I will remember cool water running
in a strong stream
I will let the water be my voice.
You can read the entire poem here: http://sharkreef.org/poetry/on-trumps-election/
What poems allow you to pause?
*Afterthoughts are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, previous posts, maybe even bumper stickers.