Sunday, 30 September 2012

Day 100: Faith


Yay, it's the 100th day of Poem A Day! And the perfect poem for it: 'Faith' by beloved poet of many, Polish Czeslaw Milosz. 

So here's to having faith in poetry. Knowing that out there, somewhere, these poems are leaving their mark on people -  on random and regular readers alike. And I hope that they've changed the minds of those who came to poetry before with a grimace and a yawn. For it isn't boring, it isn't irrelevant, it isn't elitist. 

And you might just miss out on what the world has to offer by not reading it, as 'reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.'  Yes, the faith it engenders makes the whole world glow. 

 
Faith - Czeslaw Milosz


Faith is in you whenever you look
At a dewdrop or a floating leaf
And know that they are because they have to be.
Even if you close your eyes and dream up things
The world will remain as it has always been
And the leaf will be carried by the waters of the river.

You have faith also when you hurt your foot
Against a sharp rock and you know
That rocks are there to hurt our feet.
See the long shadow that is cast by the tree?
We and trees throw shadows on the earth.
What has not shadow has no strength to live.


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