Quaker Gathering: A Found Poem


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Words and Phrases heard and read at FGC

All my dreams are there, my memories, my lies–that’s where the poems come from.

I went from a me to an us

Whatever the word of God is, it is not a book.

Experiment with Light.

Here we are with Christian shirts in a gay bar.

Every time I sit down to write a poem I want to forget the Reservation, but the Reservation won’t let me go.

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewritters.

When friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing.

Friends, let us resolve not to use the Bible as a weapon.

Where’d you find the sweet potato fries?

This post has 7 Comments

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    Willie Hewes on July 5, 2005 at 7:00 am

    Haha. Nice one. I like the one about the typewriters — so true.

    I’m all for naked stone men in chapels, by the way. The world needs more nude sculpture. 🙂

    I’ve been reading a little bit about Quakers (I’d never heard of them, other than in the oatmeal sense) and I’m interested. How is it that two groups of people can read the same book and come to such wildly variant conclusions?

    “Maybe that’s because it’s a collation of a large number of different books, written centuries apart which partly contradict each other, Willie.”

    Oh yeah. Never mind I said anything.

    I agree the word of God is not a book. If anything, it’s a song. A song you can only hear if you’re quiet.

    I’m working on a Zach-related site. For an early version, click on my name.

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    C on July 5, 2005 at 8:36 am

    I was looking up psychology sites when I came accross scientific facts of human nature, and why things happen.

    What it said was, the reason why people and animals have sex with the same sex to animals to objects and other species is because, they are both “free sexually”.

    Free to make a choice of what they want to have sex with.Animal or human can associate sex with anything.And I bielieve that 100%.How do you explain people or animals having sex with other species or objects? They are chosing to.

    What you need to prove is how same sex, sex not a disorder.And if it’s not a disorder, can humans have sex with whatever they want without it being a disorder?

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    Peterson Toscano on July 5, 2005 at 10:16 am

    Willie, that is a brilliant site! The art evokes deep emotion. Well done. I have a feeling it will have a wide audience. I will make sure I share it with others if that is okay.

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    Martin Kelley on July 5, 2005 at 11:47 am

    Hi Peterson,
    Nice to see your blog again (I think I stumbled by a few months ago…) and nice to meet you here at the FGC Gathering. We’ll need to do a group shot of us Quaker bloggers here…
    Your Friend, Martin the Quaker Ranter
    (ps: have you found the cafe with strong coffee and wifi? Ahhh….)

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    Peterson Toscano on July 5, 2005 at 12:30 pm

    C, thank you for your post. I want to see some of these sites you mention. Please provide links. Thanks.

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    Danny on July 5, 2005 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful. Unfortunately, I’m not at the gathering. ah, well.

    Willie’s thought that the word of God may be seen best as a song spoke powerfully to me. It especially resonates with the song “how can I keep from singing” which, unless I’m mistaken, the post/poem quotes.

    One part of the song goes “I hear the real, though far off hymn that hails a new creation/ through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing/ it sounds an echo in my soul; how can i keep from singing”.

    Being given a good chance to quote that song makes me very happy, because it’s one of my favorites. But I had always assumed that the hymn it mentions is the kind of song that you have to sing out loud. Now I see it in a completely different light. When the song (word) of God comes bubbling up out of the silence, how can I keep from singing (inwardly)? Isn’t that kind of what religion is all about?

    Nice blog, Peterson. I’m sure I’ll be back.

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    Anonymous on July 6, 2005 at 7:46 pm

    Hey, how can I keep from enjoying “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

    I also enjoy this stylish, attractive log.

    — Mitchell Santine Gould