You might hear someone wonder aloud about how to understand poetry or its purpose; maybe you have, too. I believe that poetry can be appreciated naturally but is not really experienced only literally.
Sometime after I thought of the title of this blog, Blush of Dawn and created it, I learned that pink skies in the morning in my part of the world meant a storm was coming and lots of wind, and for sailors, their “warning.” ‘Do I have to change my blog name now?’ I thought because I had intended it to be a sign of hope and beauty when one wakes up in the morning, and after that, my lovely thought became one of a rough, ugly storm throwing some very sweet sailors overboard so unfairly.
But many years later, I considered these sorts of things: What could a storm bring? It is exciting. There can be hope, beauty, and a storm all in one; it doesn’t need to be so simple. Poetry can contain science; it can transcend it too and expand beyond scientific facts, and not just in the fantasy genre.
The poems in my first book, Moonflower have been said to contain a certain innocence and purity in them, and I chose the name of a gentle, beautiful flower that opens in evening-time for that book, but if taken literally, a moonflower is poisonous if ingested, so please don’t eat one.
As for A Little Honey Sweetens The Flame, scientifically, a flame can be fueled by the sugar in honey, so don’t be sad by burned up honey and that a high temperature awhile is said to heat the nutrition right out of the honey. And yet fire can burn by the sugar and love it, honey lightly warmed may bring comfort, moonflowers can be pretty and close their petals and open them, and then there is the interior world I haven’t detailed, and so you see, there’s more to find in poems than a single instance of science.
So, let science be science and let your mind and heart and senses be open as you read poetry.
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