Kiss Everything on Fire

Kiss Everything on Fire August 4, 2014

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This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I’m happy to be previewing poems and reflections from the box set.

 

Everyone who ever lived has had to negotiate the source of what they know and how to withstand the undue influence of others. This poem speaks to this.

Kiss Everything on Fire

Everyone keeps stopping me with their urgency.

As if the secret of life was written in a corner

of their mind and before they could

read it, it burst aflame.

The first hundred times, I rushed to do their

bidding. Then one day, exhausted by my own

secrets burning, I stopped running and

kissed everything on fire.

And yes, it scarred my lip and now

I have trouble saying anything complicated,

but wind no longer gets trapped in my head.

I know you understand. I’ve seen you suffer

the secrets no one asked us to keep secret. I’ve

seen them burning up your mind. But today,

we can part the veils and let in whatever

it is we thought we had to keep out.

Today, urgency dies because the heart

has burned its excuses.

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