Friday, February 23, 2007

To Name Something


To name something is to wait for it in the place you think it will pass. ~Imamu Amiri Baraka

11 comments:

Rethabile said...

Monday in B-Flat

I can pray
all day
& God
wont come.

But if I call
911
The Devil
Be here

in a minute!

copyright: Amiri Baraka

Rethabile said...

I find that you're doing an uplifting job, honouring this month. Bravo.

Lyrically speaking said...

I must agree with Rethabile, you're doing a phenomenal job, great post :)

getzapped said...

reth- thank you for sharing this poignant poem by Baraka.

lyrical and reth- it's been a great joy to honor these wonderful people this month, I hope their message spreads....

Peace.

Susan Abraham said...

Oh isn't this wonderful, Getzapped?
Truly, truly wonderful!
Did you have a terrific spa moment? :-)

Pod said...

profound zippness!

raindog said...

what a brilliant man. good one zapped! powerful poet. powerful.

Kim said...

Love this!

Thank you Getzapped.

getzapped said...

Yes, Baraka spoke powerfully and people listened! Nice of you all to stop by ; )

miguel said...

Hey ‘Shell,
I read this quote over and over to absorb it’s full impact and wisdom. To name something is to draw it out of the stream of the Ten Thousand Things and set it aside for our particular attention. It is our attempt to establish connection and control over the external world. When we abandon our obsession with naming, the delusion of separateness falls away and the thing itself is manifested...one of many interpretations. It has the sweet ambiguity of a good koan or haiku...

getzapped said...

hey miguel,

So nice to hear from you! You always inspire me with your insight. You walk among the 10,000 things and talk them out of their sleepwalking yet, leave them to their own dreams. Love to you ~mar