poetry is not a luxury

march-19 | #ettrickriver #philiphaugh #selkirk #southernscotland #visualpoetry
dog daisies and daffodils, early summer sunlight, simple perfection

“The quality of light by which we scrutinise our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realised.

“This is poetry and illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are—until the poem—nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt.

“The distillation of experience from which true poetry springs births thought as dream births concept, as feeling births idea, as knowledge births (precedes) understanding.”

In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens | Alice Walker

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