Sometimes Poetry Is Preaching . . . Revisited

Preaching doesn’t always require many words. In fact, as St. Francis of Assisi once put it, “Preach always. When necessary use words.” And poets perhaps demonstrate this beauty and simplicity of preaching with words so well!

Simply Wait

You do not need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait,
be quiet, still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked,
it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

 – Franz Kafka

Whether you are a surfer, poet, preacher, or photographer, “the world will freely offer itself” when you simply wait.

2 Comments on “Sometimes Poetry Is Preaching . . . Revisited

  1. Thank you for this reminder. Simply waiting is so hard for me. I want to do something, yet be still and waiting for God is crucial to the spiritual life.

    • I think that waiting is the hardest thing sometimes. That’s when I want to rip the plans out of God’s hands and do it myself. Well, we have a lifetime to learn this.

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