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Inside This World Zipped Inside This World Zipped
by Michael Lee Johnson
2012-12-27 10:59:43
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I‘m inside this world of silent creative space
within a zipped up tube of words
within the darkness I crawl
from my vocabulary.

I look on the walls of night
look for an exit.
I look through the crow in the darkness,
the gray on the bark of the willow tree,
serve as my lantern out of here.
Wayward are the gray clouds
I can’t see I toss my faith upon.
Wild horses of creativity form
lines, stanzas, poems with
and without form.
It’s here I deserted the darkness
and concluded in the end
those final lines that allowed
you to envelope me
between my screams and creativity.


Michael Lee Johnson kindly made available for us an audio, reading of the poem. You can listen to it, HERE!



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Emanuel Paparella2012-12-27 13:11:38
This is a perceptive poem which illustrates for me a quote of Ivan Illich which I just received from a friend and I'd like to share with the Ovi readers.

“It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.”

Ivan Illich quotes

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