Why Poetry Is an Amazing Tool to Deepen Your Animist Experience

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Look at that kitty. What can you say about this picture that will make me feel something?

Whatever you conjure, that’s poetry. It’s communication from your soul that bypasses your intellect and go straight to your truth. THAT is why poetry is an amazing tool to deepen your animist experience.

To get to the essence of a thing, you have to forget what you think you know and see it anew. You have to go deeply sensual, into those feelings, taste, touch, smell, and notice all the nooks, crannies, and ripples of a thing. You have to get to know it, if not create a relationship with it. Search until you find the truth of it, then speak it.

In the process, you get to know yourself. We (and I include our inanimate brothers in this) are all mirrors of each other. Sometimes we see ourselves in the glass and sometimes we hold up the glass so others can see themselves.

Look at these lines from “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Do her words move you? Do you see something new? Can you feel the truth?

Good poetry doesn’t judge. It just speaks what it finds. In that space of truth, healing can happen. Maybe understanding. Or compassion. Forgiveness. Or perhaps tethered grief is unleashed.

We live too much in a world of thoughts, judgments, and pronouncements – things that really distance us from living. Poetry is an escape from goals, 5 year plans, deadlines, duties, and rules. It’s a journey to the heart of what is.

When you’re alone, sometimes it helps to feel understood. Poetry can do that. It connects us. Check out “How’s Your Heart” by Charles Bukowski.

to awaken in a cheap room
in a strange city and
pull up the shade
was the craziest kind of
contentment

Poetry takes us to a natural place. It opens us up, breaks patterns, and sets new ones in motion. It can transform us and take us higher than we imagined possible.

For one final example of why poetry is an amazing tool to deepen your animist experience, let’s look to Rumi who said:

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.

Now how does the kitty look?

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Poetry and the Promise of Spring

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There are lots of themes with the Promise of Spring: fertility, rebirth, inhaling, receiving, remembering, cleaning, renewal, healing, smithcraft, calling in protection and prosperity, relighting the fires, and – poetry!

Why poetry? Perhaps it’s because winter is often drab and feels like something to be endured. When life begins stirring as trees begin to bud, flowers peak through the snow, and baby animals breathe in new life, it inspires us to get in touch with our inner poet. Nature stimulates the inner artist in such a way that we want to give back. We reciprocate our gratitude with words.

Poetry is a way to be vulnerable and truthful. Your words create a snapshot of this present moment. Whether you are writing about something ugly or exquisitely moving, words fix it in a way that can be remembered and shared. The Promise of Spring is a time of remembering, so perhaps you write something that you once lived. Or maybe you write about something that’s happening right now.

Poetry is healing. It helps emotions to flow so that they don’t stay stuck inside. Poetry isn’t a hurricane type of release, but a slow, easy one. The Promise of Spring is also gradual, so writing poetry or songs is a way to stay in sync with the energy of the season.

Poetry is the language of love. What better time to fall in love than the Promise of Spring when life is beginning to pop its heads out of its wintry dens? Whether you re-fall in love with Nature, yourself, or someone else, love renewed is always invigorating for the soul.

Poetry is growth producing. When we look at something anew or see it for the first time, it awakens something within us that wasn’t there before. We engage with it for a moment, and it becomes a part of us. When we read someone else’s poetry, it can inspire us to go into new places, feel new things, and want new things.

Poetry is connecting. While I think we all have thought that we experience or feel things that no one else possibly could, poetry proves that’s not so. We see our shared humanity through poetry. It removes time, culture, gender, and ethnicity. A thousand year old poem can feel just as fresh as it was the day it was written.

The Promise of Spring is upon those of us in the northern hemisphere! For those who like the set date, it’s sunset on February 1st. If you follow the solar calendar, it’s Feb 4 this year. If you don’t have a traditional ritual, why not consider making poetry a part of your celebration? The Promise of Spring tends to be a small, quiet observance, so poetry fits right in.

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