We know the things we love because they are the things that destroy us, melt us, pulverise us, reduce us part by part to our most basic elements but somehow manages to keep us whole and propped up by a divine integrity; more solid, more sure than we ever were before.
– Juan-Paolo Perre
Tu sei come una pietra preziosa che viene violentemente frantumata in mille schegge per poter essere ricostruita di una materiale più duraturo di quello della vita, cioè il materiale della poesia.”
[You’re like a precious gem that is violently shattered into a thousand pieces so that it might be rebuilt again with a material more lasting than that which life is made of, and that material is poetry.]
― Pier Paolo Pasolini
[Translated by Juan-Paolo Perre]
Here’s the complete poem, “Put These Words Into Practice”, with the quote I chose for my upcoming book of poetry, “A Confederacy of Joy”.
The poem was inspired by my trying to leave things that can’t be changed in the past and resisting the worry and stress of a future that really doesn’t exist and once I did, the joy I experienced – like some great secret or mystic discovery. I imagined that the whole universe fell into alignment, became my ally and welcomed me into a cosmic army of benevolence and well-being.
The quote from my poem, “Put These Words Into Practice” that inspired the title of my upcoming poetry collection, “A Confederacy of Joy”