Friday, February 06, 2015
Poetry Friday -- Found Poem
In a recent Brain Pickings article about Mark Strand, this quote stood up in front of me, shot its sleeves, straightened its tie, and announced, "I'm here. I understand that your OLW for 2015 is notice? Well, I've arrived to wallop your brain with a new take on attentiveness."
We’re only here
for a short while.
And I think it’s such a lucky accident,
having been born,
that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.
In some ways,
this is getting far afield.
I mean, we are –
as far as we know –
the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious.
We could even
be the universe’s
form of consciousness.
We might have come along
so that the universe could
look at itself.
I don’t know that,
but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of,
or that floats around in space.
But we’re combined in such a way
that we can describe
what it’s like to be alive,
to be witnesses.
Most of our experience is that of being a witness.
We see and hear and smell other things.
I think being alive is responding.
--Mark Strand, quoted in CREATIVITY: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DISCOVERY AND INVENTION
(line breaks are mine)
Wow. Just...wow, right?
When you click over to the article, there is a for-real Mark Strand poem at the end, and as you read or scroll through to get to it, don't you admire how Maria Popova uses art from children's books to illustrate her post?
Liz has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Elizabeth Steinglass. I hope to be able to make the rounds this week. Life has expanded my one square inch to give me a smidge more breathing room than last week!