Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

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Dying to Live

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My buddy has been working murder cases for nearly 2 decades. When he became a detective he stopped doing things that once brought him joy. Said it was for kids. I told him you’ve got it all wrong. We should never want to grow up. Do things that give your heart peace and give you a thrill, I said. Your heart is dying to live. He embraced that talk with all he had and began the greatest restoration of his soul. I was shocked that our talk made that difference.

You can still be a man and a door kicker but make time for peace. When we begin to live too seriously to the words of dead writers and poets its time to renew our mind with literature that’s more alive. Throw those dead men out. I began a path a few years ago to follow my own advice. Tonight remember what it was like to be have joyous youth and pursue good, noble and effusive things. Be wild at heart again.

“And it was at that age … Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.” Poetry by Pablo Neruda

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