On words …. (‘ the blessed machinery of language’ ) quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In search of the source

of the poetic imperative

I interrogate my mind ..

if words are capsules of thought;

what is thinking?

I think as involuntarily

as my heart beats;

a stream of sentences flows

like the pulse of blood in my veins ..

but when I question this perception

and perceive its pathways

I direct its channel.

I am conscious of this consciousness;

I can choose to swim in the currents of cognition

but I cannot dam the flood … …

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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2 Responses to On words …. (‘ the blessed machinery of language’ ) quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  1. JM says:

    I like your ‘currents of cognition’ so much. Suppose thoughts are not things that originate in human minds? suppose they flood the universe as with light? suppose we see them sightlesssly, and make pictures of them? do they then become our own thoughts?

    Thank you for a lovely poem, Marya.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Good morning, Jamie 🙂

    Well, thank you very much for your kind opinion on that phrase and these thoughts.
    Such Coleridgean conjectures on thoughts are fascinating .. do they emanate from the same source as the ‘music of the spheres’ ?

    I like his advice in ‘Aids to Reflection’ .. readers are to reflect on their thoughts ..’ For if words are not Things they are Living Powers by which things of the most importance to mankind are actuated, combined and humanized’

    and his further thoughts on language ..’ Words are not passive tools but organized instruments re-acting on the power that inspirits them’

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