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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Poem

Together


Watch

that black sentinel,

the solitary shag

alone on his bleak outpost

a wave blown rock,

lifting his wings to

all elements, whatever,

wave, wind; rain and sun.

We praise differently,

each bearing the other,

scarce believing our luck

to have found each other

and allowed to weather

all storms – together.

Pascal’s wager

‘If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having, neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is ... you must wager. It is not optional. You are embarked. Which will you choose then? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that he is.’

Why blog?

I began this blog with some real uncertainty as to why I would want to do it.

I see a blog as so much like a journal - and that's private. I don't want people to read what I write in a journal. The process is so messy - as I try and write my way through to a kind of clarity and understanding about what I think. The journal records the messy birthing of a written piece - it does not show the finished product. So, vanity alone seems to argue that I should not blog.

However, a blog is an open invitation to read. So it seems that by blogging I am inviting people to read my journal - if that's how I'm going to continue to write in my blogging.

Of course I could blog because I have things that I want people to hear and there are possibly views I want to advance. Still I'm not sure that's what I really want to do.

No I think I want to blog because it means being exploratory and open in a new way. I suspect I won't write quite as I might in a private journal but maybe through blogging I will discover other modes of writing, other ways of being and connecting. We'll see.