Monasteries of the Heart

Poetry Lectio

I Am Completely Different

I am completely different.
Though I am wearing the same tie as yesterday,
am as poor as yesterday,
as good for nothing as yesterday,
today
I am completely different.
Though I am wearing the same clothes,
am as drunk as yesterday, nevertheless
living as clumsily as yesterday, nevertheless
today
I am completely different.

Ah…
I patiently close my eyes
on all the grins and smirks
on all the twisted smiles and horse laughs—
and glimpse then, inside me
one beautiful white butterfly
fluttering toward tomorrow.

--Kuroda Saburo—
(translated by James Kirkup, Burning Giraffes: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Poetry)

June 8, 2012

Pray this Poem

Read the poem, aloud if possible.

Think about this question: Are the images or metaphors relevant to your daily life?

Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart.

Sit with the poem for 10 or 15 minutes.

Respond in some way: drawing, writing, silence.
            

Arleen Hynes "Poetry and Prayer" in Praying magazine, June 1, 1999

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