Stubborn, or: Silklike

Poetry Partners #171

‘Re-figuring ideas’, a poem by Sadje of ‘Keep it alive’

Sticking to ideas
Long obsolete, redundant
Makes us a victim to ignorance
A reversal of ideas is often required
When new things come to light
Donโ€™t close your mind to new notions
For the old can often drag you down, backwards

A ‘Sijo’ by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

Siren song beckons from behind;
Obsolete ideas draw me;
'Close your mind,' they intone, silklike,
'Shut your eyes; stuff your ears;'
My legs buckle, drop me to my knees;
I crawl forward, trembling.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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17 thoughts on “Stubborn, or: Silklike”

  1. Brilliant pair! Those old ideas grabbing and dragging you back while you struggle forward… that is exactly how we often head into the future – dragging the past with us!!

  2. ๐Ÿ’ฅI crawl forward, trembling.๐Ÿ’ฅ
    Powerful –
    “but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
    For some of us can’t lift the fingers to turn the pages, the bookmarker is stuck.

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