Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 32,277 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

Listening Prayer - Poem by Glen Kappy

from 'Prayers'

My ear
just like a pitcher plant

let me my urge to speak
fold back

and hold
in still abeyance

so that others' words
can enter in

then make
their slow descent

till text and subtext
are ingested wholly.

And even then
and even then

my words come slowly
if at all.

Topic(s) of this poem: god, listen, plants, prayer, words

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Listening Prayer by Glen Kappy

  • Daniel Brick (6/7/2017 11:15:00 AM)

    I like your prayer poems, Glens. You are uniting two archetypal experiences in poetry and prayer, because poetry
    is often the FORM, prayer the CONTENT. Most people probably consider listening a passive act but in your poem it is the most active, alert and engaged experience. I love the SLOW DESCENT of words, so that their meanings can unfold and be amplified in the reader/worshiper's heart - and mind. And the last two stanzas are especially powerful. The lesson taught is humility. The poet/worshiper admits without complaint how difficult the poetic process is, above all there are guarantees - EVEN THEN and IF AT ALL. If these events are tests, you passed them. If they are just random events, you've turned them into meaningful events of spiritual growth. And the simplicity of expression makes those last four lines of the highest eloquence.
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    Glen Kappy (6/7/2017 6:29:00 PM)

    thank you, daniel, for your generous comments. don't know about you, but for me listening is definitely a discipline. this is particularly true in conversation on things i'm passionate about. it's hard for me, hence my appeal to God.

    don't remember how it was, but i came across a reference to pitcher plants and how they digest their prey when the thought came, that's how i should listen.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

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