A good poet gets rid of words

BEYOND WORDS AND MEANING

Somebody asked a very famous Chinese poet, Yang Wang-Li:

“Now what is poetry?” He said, “If you say it is simply a matter of words, I will say a good poet gets rid of words. If you say it is simply a matter of meaning, I will say a good poet gets rid of meaning. ‘But,’ you ask, ‘without words and without meaning, where is the poetry?’ To this I reply: Get rid of words and get rid of meaning, and there is still poetry.”

In fact, only then is there poetry. When words are no more there, when meaning is no more there, then suddenly poetry erupts, explodes. Poetry is a flowering of your being, and awareness is more like poetry than like philosophy or mere science.

Mundane science obsessively tries to explain things—never succeeds. At the most, it can succeed only in explaining away things, but it never succeeds in explaining them. Pure awareness makes no effort to explain life. It tries to live it. Awareness does not take life as a problem to be solved— it takes life as a mystery to be lived. Religion is not curious about life. Religion is in awe, in tremendous wonder about life. This is the essence of proper worship—to stay attuned to the cosmic Divine that manifests from moment to moment with marked spontaneity and Grace.

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