Sometimes the obvious is so obvious, it goes unnoticed. Funny, for someone who has studied poetry, has a degree in poetry, has poets like Whitman at her fingertips, "That you are here—that life exists and identity, / That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." And what is poetry, after all, than pointing out the obvious and saying, look closer--see what you might have missed and see how this perspective could change your life?
But we're all our own worst enemies, aren't we? And every one of us could probably benefit from reading a bit more poetry--I know I could. I know I've fallen off the poetry wagon hard, only now noticing I have no ride. And, you know, it's okay. It's okay to forget these things, to fall into rote, into rhythm, because rediscovery is almost as good as discovery, and remembering where you've been is almost as good as discovering where you are.