“Poetry, this trinity of sound, sense and sensibility, to me gives voice to experience like no other literary art form. It has been a source of joy, sometimes a lifeline. At various times it has given me a key to understanding, expressed what I believed inexpressible, provided me, as a girl with no sense of direction, with a route map through life.”
Her words illuminate the spellbinding power of poetry and its life enhancing and life saving capacity. They also remind me that we are without a navigation system to help us plot a course as we weave our way across life’s uncharted waters.
I haven’t read enough poetry for it to be my lodestar. However quotes, when the sentiments they contain resonate, have sometimes served as my guides by helping me to set my moral compass and by throwing light back on the paths I have trodden thus far.
It may seem strange to have those pathways lit retrospectively but I think what we often most need (or at least I do) is something to help us to knit together the jigsaw pieces of our past so that we can put them into perspective in the present in order to forge a future out of our yesterdays.
The quotes that I love have a way of expressing some of the things I feel but don’t have the words to articulate. So when it comes to putting the past into perspective my favourite quote is.
“Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards.”
Soren Kierkegaard 1813 – 1855
I hope you have a good week.