I don't read a lot of poetry. I have read a few volumes through, and it's daunting for me. I connect with maybe one or two poems in each collection. Mostly, I scratch my head and wonder why I'm not 'getting' it.
However, those one or two poems I do connect with? Those are better than any novel I've read or any short story I've consumed.
In college, as a creative writing major, there was this unspoken (sometimes spoken) standard that went something like this: the novel is the easiest form of creative writing, then the short story and finally the poem. The poem was, in my interpretation of what my professors taught, the highest form of writing.
I still carry that interpretation with me, valid or not, so when I find a poem I connect with, a poem that resonates, I never take it for granted.
To that end, I came across this CS Lewis poem on tumblr (worshipgifs):
Isn't that lovely?
It sort of takes the pressure off trying to be anything other than who we are. I think there is temptation in our society to be the best, brightest, shiniest possible version of ourselves, and while I feel (in general) that self improvement and striving for our best is a good thing, I recognize there is a tipping point at which all of that striving simply becomes dissatisfaction and, ultimately, disconnect.
Also, who knew CS Lewis was a poet? I did not. I was all Lucy and Peter and Aslan. For more about Lewis in general and his poetry, this article was interesting. I didn't know Lewis 'lost his Christianity' only to discover it again.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far. My migraine is fading with each day, and I suppose those toilets must now be addressed.