Editor’s Note: As some of you may know, the TLA Network offers a Certification program. Chronicling TLA practice is a part of that process, which can be fulfilled by writing multiple pieces for the blog. This is the third post from Laurie Pollack, a poet and artist currently pursuing certification. You can find her earlier posts here.
Terrorist attacks in the US and abroad. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Shootings of Black men by police. Shooting of police officers.
Angry words by Donald Trump. Condemnations of immigrants.
The words and acts go.on and on.
As I get older I get more and more drawn to quiet and solitude and silence… I feel more and more, a desire to go BEYOND words. Beyond their limits.
And I wonder:
Why can’t we shut up and just quietly look into each other’s’ eyes, and see the Light there?
I felt drawn to write this poem about the events going on and also felt moved to invoke the elements of nature: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. The power of words. But also the limit of it. What happens, where do we go when we are wordless? Maybe inside ourselves but maybe to each other?
I was also inspired by the title of the TLA Conference: Power of Words.
We all matter. Infinitely. Each human life is sacred.
by Laurie Pollack
I always thought
Words have power
Sun melting snow
Sparks blowing high
Words are Fire
Stream running over rocks
Ocean wave breaking
April rain misting down
Words are Water
Garden Seeds planted
Trees shedding leaves
Deep dark cave
Words are Earth
Baby’s first breath
Clouds in the sky
Words are Air
No. It can’t be true. Words lose their power.
Please say this didn’t happen
Please say he isn’t gone
Please say she isn’t dead
No you can’t bring him back with words
No you can’t bring her back with promises
With statements about how sorry you are.
All I have is silence anymore
And still I want to look
Into your eyes
And see the Light in them.
Can we walk on in silence and carry
Their memories on the
Air, Fire, Earth and Water?
Human life is Spirit