Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"Words Crowded Together"
I was reading a book of poems by William Stafford this morning, An Oregon Message, and the opening stanzas of a poem titled "Scripture" reminded me of why I like to read poetry. Okay, I really didn't need reminding, but nonetheless, here are the lines (from p. 91 of the book):
[From "Scripture," by William Stafford]
In the dark book where words crowded together,
a land with spirits waited, and they rose and walked
every night when the book opened by candlelight--
A sacred land where the words touched the trees
and their leaves turned into fire. We carried in wherever
we went, our hidden scene; and in the sigh of snow coming down.