Monday, February 12, 2007

"ask me" about church

I like William Stafford for the same reason I like Robert Frost. Both wrote poems which, if taken at "face value", appear quite simple. Yet, a closer look reveals complex, thought-provoking works. (In fact, the poems can keep buzzing around in your brain for days. Trust me.)

Here's my favorite William Stafford poem. I am currently thinking about what meaning it might have for me as it relates to my experience with... (cue dramatic music)... the church.

Ask Me
by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

Wouldn't this be cool to discuss over a _______ (fill in your beverage of choice)?

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