Friday, October 6, 2017

Being There, by Steve Cahill

Steve (S.J.) Cahill
Being There
Being here requires Being There
Being There being a novel
by Jersy Kosinski
in which
The protagonist was a man named Chance
Who was learning disabled — an innocent —
A Jesus-like mystic who wandered about
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child
And said so.
He was without protective coloration or deceit or guile
So responded to every situation and answered all questions
With the simplest of truths which were so misunderstood
And mistaken for parable and metaphor, that the sophisticated urbanites
thought he was much more than he was — and so it is with poets. 

(The prompt this last Wednesday night was from the preface of a new anthology Poetry of Presence:  An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, edited by Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson, with quotation from Galway Kinnell:

"Poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.")

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