back to the rough ground

We have got onto slippery ice where there is no friction and so in a certain sense the conditions are ideal, but also, just because of that, we are unable to walk. We want to walk so we need friction. Back to the rough ground! From in Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein, part I, 107.Continue reading “back to the rough ground”

tame as canaries

When posting about the Bible as “a cornucopia of scenes and images” yesterday, this poem came to mind (much thanks to Christine Perrin for introducing it to my class and me). It recalls the burning bush as well as the tree of life, the great tree of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in the prophet Daniel, and the mighty mustardContinue reading “tame as canaries”

therefore call one man

Today several friends spent the morning together reading poetry connected to Pentecost (June 12 on the church calendar). I had several other passages vying in my mind for today, but this poem by Czeslaw Milosz drove them all out for now. VENI CREATOR Come, Holy Spirit, bending or not bending the grasses, appearing or not above our heads inContinue reading “therefore call one man”