The title of this blog, “the inadequacy of logical reasoning” is a phrase excerpted from the definition of a koan in an online dictionary. This is an objective of the koan–to reflect the limitations of the logical mind.
That’s why poetry works! A poem, by its nature, inadvertently asserts “the inadequacy of logical reasoning.” A poem is a re-organizing tool for the mind. A poem is an emotional repository. A poem is a download from the soul.
Recently, when I was feeling sadness and uncertainty over my sister’s illness or my granddaughter’s dietary issues, I needed a way to express this without trying to control or fix things.
beyond this doubt
© by Christine O’Brien
Sullen is the feeling of this new day.
Who would choose to be in my company?
Are there words of wisdom I could relay
to soothe this hurt, a better way to be?
It seems I’m frozen in this sorry place.
Writing words, drawing images to abate
this well-contrived and crafted stubborn face
which staunchly hides behind this well-wrought gate.
We’re each here, wondering as we go
what is this “mortal coil” all about?
How do we find a path that is in flow?
Is there relief and trust beyond this doubt?
Is there a best way to be with the unknown?
What is this curious life I strive to own?
A poem doesn’t have to logically solve anything. It only wants expression and to be heard. A certain type of integration occurs in the telling. While logic has its place in one’s unfoldment, it sometimes falls short of what is needed in the moment.
When logic doesn’t provide comfort or support, then what? Where do your doubts lie? Can you find a home and perhaps a healing for them in a poem?