In the making
Emotion and feeling
Tears, laugh, joy, pain, love, hate, loss, gain
Combine, intertwine in space and time
Carefully shaped by hands of the divine
Have you ever thought of life, and all it entails, as being a poem? Have you ever thought about what the true meaning of ‘poem’ is? I have.
Yesterday, I read a post from a fellow blogger and amazing poet. The last stanza in His poem entitled, “Cloud 9” goes like this: “life and poetry are all the same”. It was that line that inspired this poem.
The origin of the word, “poetry” in English is taken by the Greek, “poetica”, which is derived from the verb, “poiein”, that means, “to make” (source). Another Greek word, from where we get poem and poetry from, is “poiema” and means, “workmanship” or “something made” (source). As a Christian, I believe that I have been divinely made by a great poet and that all that my life entails is what is becoming a passionate and spirited poem.
I came across an amazing song and video on YouTube by the composer “Michael Card”. His song, “Poem of your life” says it all. If you have the time, please check it out – Poem of your life (you may have to turn the subtitles off in the bottom left hand corner of the screen).
How about you? Have you ever thought of your life as a poem? Have you ever thought of yourself as “someone made” by a great poet?
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32 thoughts on “The Poet and Poem (Etheree)”
Excellent question, Staci. More times than not, a riddle and not a poem. I suppose once that I find my inner peace, my riddles will be turned to beautiful poems. 🙂
Ohhhhhh noooooo. Really? A riddle? How so?
Where’s your inner peace, my friend? I’m sure that riddles can transform into beautiful, and maybe intelligently cheeky poems, yes?
Lovely poem. I appreciate how you explained the Greek origins of the words too-provides a greater context and understand of it’s meaning. 🙂
Hello dear friend. It’s been a while eh. So glad to see you.
Thank you so much for your kind words. I find that when we dig a bit deeper into the true meaning and origin of a word, it seems to shed a whole new light.
“I believe that I have been divinely made by a great poet and that all that my life entails is what is becoming a passionate and spirited poem.”, Ah! I’m glad we’re “connected” necause I think and feel the same… I would like to thank you for taking time to read and comment my poem (thanks too for mentioning “Cloud 9”), I feel blessed to have readers that also are talented, heartful and sincere bloggers like you…
You last three lines are, I can’t find the right word, I would say MYSTICAL:
“Tears, laugh, joy, pain, love, hate, loss, gain
Combine, intertwine in space and time
Carefully shaped by hands of the divine”
Yes, pure mysticism, that is to say, a perfect understanding of truth, of providence, of divine Love.
Thank you from the depth of my heart 🙂
Really Frederic, you really bless me. I’m so humbled and honored to receive such kind and beautiful words from someone as poetic, creative and talented as yourself. I’m blessed to receive such praise for my humble writings. Poetry is pretty new to me, but I have fallen in love with it. I’ve always written songs, but had never had an interest in poetry. I’m really enjoying checking out and experimenting with the different forms that exist.
It was more than a pleasure to share your blog and poem here. I really loved your poem and, as I mentioned in the post, was inspired to create this one because of it.
Thank you again! You’ve fallen in love with Poetry! Me too! You know, Stacilys, I love co-writing, if interested have a look on my blog the category “co-writing”, don’t hesitate to contact me one day if you’re interested in co-writing with me. I feel very close to your faithful poetry, and I love the link you make between God, the Creation, and Poetry. Really, thinking that we are God’s poems is a very very powerful and fair metaphor!!! For example, I’ve written some poems with a friend of mine, Zara, who refers to the Sufi tradition (the mystical branch of Islam). I admire and respect any kind of religion, because I remember that “My Father’s house has many rooms”. These poems are like prayers to celebrate God’s glory, or/and like meditations (as for me writing poetry, in a language that is not my mother tongue, is a real form of “spirritual meditation”. So,, I would be delighted to co-write with you! Hugs! 🙂
Ohhhhhh, I feel so honored. I would love to co-write with you sometime. I will definitely look at the Co-Writing category on your blog.
I must say, I think it’s amazing that you are able to write so well in English when it’s not your mother-tongue. I am very fluent in Portuguese, yet I don’t think I could ever write poetry in it. My hats off to you Frederic. I think your first language is French, right?
I also love and admire Zara’s poems. I think they’re very eloquent and beautiful. I just started following her.
Great! So dear Stacilys, as soon as something inspires you don’t hesitate to mail me (see my mail on blog), yes, my fisrt language is French. I would be delighted to co-write for you. I enjoyed very much your comment about “Sunrise prayer”, please, read my answer, I mention a song I’m absolutely sure you will love!!! (Sarah McLachlan – Ordinary Miracle). I’m so glad we’re “connected”, I can’t thank WordPress enough for letting me know such wonderful souls like yours!!! xxoo
Ohhhhhh, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this. Things have been busy.
I have a few ideas for some writing, however, I don’t know how to go about doing a co-writing project. Can you explain it to me please? I’m interested in trying this with you.
I also am very glad we’ve met.
Sarah McLachlan is from my birth city. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. I like her style. I will check out your answer on Sunrise Prayer.
Co-writing is very simple dear Stacilys… imagine something touches you (or something touches me), you (or I) write one lines (or two, or threee.. or four, in fact it does not matter), then I (or you write) something… etc…
Here is my email : wordsinthelight(at)mail.com
I’ve written three lines, if they inspire you, please write an email to me… you can write following lines if you like them, or we can change words if you prefer, then I will answer you with my own lines… it’s very simple, you know, co-writing is very nice, it’s like “dancing” together, and as we share the same spirituality, the same love for our Father, I think we’ll be easily inspired… here are my lines… above all don’t hesitate to tell me if you prefer to begin the poem, or prefer to wait, I won’t be offended if you don’t like these lines… I look forward to reading your mail 🙂 have a nice Sunday ♥
Our souls rhyme and we’ll be light
in the fullness of time
ignited by the sparks of Grace…
Yes, maybe my life is more of a limerick these days. 🙂
Btw, I noticed you posted a different photo to your pumpkin post yesterday. Are those your twins and wife?
They are! That was for a different post. That’s odd because I hadn’t published it like that. Charlotte had commented on that earlier and I was confused about it. I wonder how one post got merged with another?
Yea, I don’t get it either. I seriously only saw the pics of the flowers and pumpkins.
You have a lovely family Rob. Your wife is so cute.
Thank you Staci. I constantly remind her of how lucky she is. 😉
Hahahahahahahaha. What does she say to that?
Usually she doesn’t have to say anything – her scowl speaks volumes. 🙂
I see poetry in life and I see life in poetry 🙂 Beautiful post, thank you for sharing!
I agree with that poet’s line. Life is poetry. Your poem is beautiful, Staci.
Me too. Thank you Audrey.
Hi Staci. FG.M. has it right. You should consider co-authoring … your stuff is very good. I like it if that counts. One of mine,which I improved on, but have not the final version (GF has it), goes lie this:
Was in love
That was not true
When I met you
It was now true
In love with you
Yes, our lives are poems–I love this image, Staci. I also believe our lives are dances and songs :). Thank you for the inspiring post, my friend. xoxo
Oh yes, no doubt – dances and songs. Love that Chloe. I once read something that really touched me by an author named, “Stephen Altrogge”.
“Because we are created in the image of God we all have an irresistible impulse to create and to establish order”.
–I love this, and think that’s why I long to create, whether it be songs, poems, and might I add that I would love to create all sorts of other artsy things if I only had the talent.
Would love to see you dance in person some day.
Stacy, concordo com você. Penso que a vida é assim mesmo, como um poema que tem seus trechos felizes, intensos, tristes, trágicos, etc. Sempre nos levando a sentir ou nos céus ou ao mais profundo abismo, a vida é assim. Quem experimenta algo diferente disso, acho que deve refletir se de fato está vivendo.
Você fez uma bela reflexão, Stacy. Parabéns!
Muito obrigada Adriano por seu comentário. Você já ouviu as músicas de Michael Card? Ele compôs uma música linda al respeito disso – de nossas vidas como poemas.
Olá, Staci. Não conheço esse cantor, mas vou procurar músicas dele. Obrigado!
De nada. Checa o link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sjb2AhGoi0.
I hope my life is a poem of sorts, one with a sad beginning and a triumphant ending. Well, one can hope, anyway! ❤
Your life IS a poem. Unfortunately your story (and mine) is the same as many – a sad beginning. I’m pulling for you girl to have a truly triumphant ending.
Thanks Staci, I am rooting for you, too ❤