You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill--more of each than you have-- inspiration, work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity. -Wendell Berry
A poet, according to Wendell, is defined by the rhythm of her days, as well as the rhythm of her words. The content of her words is determined by the content of her attention.
I am relieved that Wendell Berry's choice for the first ingredient of the poetic process is affection, which legitimizes my presence at this table. I am grateful to hear that even for Wendell Berry more reading, knowledge and skill, than even he possesses, are necessary. Over the years my allegiance has shifted from priests to poets; they reach more deeply, hear more clearly.
Prompt 2: A Poet's Heart
Tonight we talked about confidentiality. Then some one said something about a poet's heart. We free associated around the words "poet's heart." Then we wrote:
To Have a Poet's heart
To have a poet's heart is to console but not to fix.