How I Write Poetry

by Nicholas Andrea

The witness awakens this silent winter’s morn,
finds itself again in a body of swirling energy
looking through these eyes to the clouds of cotton outside the window
painted on the canvas of a blue sky;

a lone bird crosses the space between, the space

between breaths lengthens
as does the silence

poetry are the words that do not let me be free until I speak their name
and silence is the filter that lets the dirty river water pass through
leaving only nuggets of gold behind;

sitting

waiting

listening

for the next lyric to speak its name,
the next direction to call –

this is poetry
this is life;

the word that cannot be spoken
is the mother of them all –
and its cauldron, deep within my belly;

all good things come therefrom,
like the desire for God
or the love of a partner – sex
that is, love-making of the most sincere kind
and God
come from the same place

a place deeper than me;

And, how to access this belly?
It’s simpler than we think, dear brother
simpler than effort –

love is simpler than effort –
like what Jesus was talking about –
not a system of techniques
but the truth, itself;

now, that is –

the warm scent of a candle;
the soft sound of her breath from across the room;
the metallic taste of winter’s chill;

who knew that an order of cosmic proportions
could be apprehended through these senses?

What dry yogi knew that such life in the world,
through
the world
could impregnate this belly with children of such love and beauty and humble praise of a
God that moves through all things and
graces all things and
leaves no stone unturned and
unprovided for?

Who knew that mere, unadulterated perception of
this moment
right here, right now
simpler than thought,
could light a fire swirling at the base of this spine
reminding me,
undeniably,
that I am alive?

I do not make the art of this world
I merely frame it.

Sitting here, breathing
if you ever forget how to write poetry
just ask this

Amen.

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About NickAndrea19

My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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