Prayers and Poems

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

The heart
speaks to the mind
thru the ear thru the mouth
speaks thro the reader’s eyes
thru the ear thru the mind
to the heart Then
the mouth

An organ
has 1000 stops
An orchestras in & of itself
instruments of unique voices
chatter`bird`song piccolos
haunting oboes
weeping cellos

   Who can say how my poems
   will sound from your mouth

“Some things I say are prayers and others
poems. I tell you now that I don’t know
the difference . . .” ~ Deborah Digges


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Prayers and Poems

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    That conversation between the heart and the mind is the key.

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  2. cheryl622014 says:

    I would agree, sometimes the formal format idea of, and words for prayer, stifle, won’t come,are pompous, irrelevant or plain inadequate, poetry reaches deep multi layered depths and emotions and can be said, for me, more honestly as prayers. Although some prayers are pure poetry and…I’ll argue round in circles back to psalms and some prayers in the Anglican tradition ;-) George Herbert – I struck the board. Ohh that started me off! Thank you for your poem

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  3. Thank you for your poem. I love this quote you included. Just last week I wrote on the very same topic – and decided my poetry was how I prayed.

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  4. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    “Who can say how my poems / will sound from your mouth”: what an interesting thought to ponder.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. this will occupy my mind for some time

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