Sunday, January 27, 2008

Monday Poetry Train #30

I've still got nothing new of my own. So this week I give you a quote from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

If your everyday life seems poor, don't
blame it; blame yourself; admit to
yourself that you are not enough of a poet
to call forth its riches; because for the
creator thee is no poverty and no poor
indifferent place.

That was heading the thought for the day on the January 25 entry of Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy which I featured in my Sunday Serenity post yesterday. It spoke to me as chiding, exhortation, and challenge. For too long I've been blaming everything but my own laziness and fear that are truly at the root of my lack of productivity. And that holds true for all areas of my life, not just creative writing.

3 tell me a story:

Anonymous,  1/28/2008 4:50 AM  

Thanks for this quote by Rilke. This speaks to me..

We hardly ever see our own fault. We always blame others.

Susan Helene Gottfried 1/28/2008 12:22 PM  

Man, that's harsh. "Admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches"

No. Sorry. That's self-defeating and it's made me angry.

Julia Phillips Smith 1/28/2008 3:47 PM  

Funny, the same lines that made Susan angry made me smile and nod my head. Whenever I hear people complain that they're bored, I think, 'Are they living in the same world I am?' But I have the soul of a poet. Life pulses with amazing discoveries - if a person can't see them, they need to unearth their inner poet. That is all.

Thanks for posting that, Joy Renee.

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