Poetry is powerful. The meanings are condensed so that, upon interpretation, the effect is pronounced, the ripples reverberate through to the core...lingering in their vibratory state.
I have found a new poet/spoken word artist, Andrea Gibson. I posted a video clip of her performing, "Say Yes" earlier in the week. I've listened to it every day, sometimes several times a day and with every listen, I hear something new and am impacted again.
The following is a piece of the poem that I find especially powerful because of the metaphor and the call to action:
The world needs us right now more than it ever has before
pull all your strings
play every chord
play like you know the clouds have left too many people cold and broken
and you're their last chance for sun
You have a drum in your chest that could save us
a song in your breath that could raise us
like the sunrise into a dark sky that cries to be blue
play like you know we won't survive if you don't
but we will if you do
And she's right you know...the world needs us now more than ever before.