Thursday, March 24, 2011

the ferlinghetti connection, part 2

Into the Interior

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am your whispered voice
your inside voice
your interior voice
your unheard voice
your unspoken voice
your unvoiced voice
your unspeakable voice
I am your heart's voice and your heartless voice
your deepest voice
under layers of living & speaking
the voice of your buried life
your invisible life
your silent life
your unknown life
your unopened life
your unrealized life
the undiscovered life that no one sees
not even your lover
not even yourself

If you will listen to me
if you will lend me the ear
of your mind
and of your bent heart
if you will heed my whisperings...
heed my whisperings...
heed my whisperings...
heed my whisperings...

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-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
How to Paint Sunlight: Lyric Poems & Others (1997-2000)   
New York: New Directions

See the ferlinghetti connection (part 1)


  1. still you know
    when you listen to the grace-
    filled voice deep in your heart
    that this is not the way
    the easy way
    the way of the crowd
    trying to be accepted
    trying to be competitive
    trying to control
    trying to make yourself feel something
    it's a way filled with fear
    and anxiety

  2. yeah, I have to say that I kind of agree with you, victor i - the way is marked with fear and anxiety. No way around it.

    the trick, for me, is to trust that fear & anxiety. I'm always thinking "what's wrong with me?". I think that if I'm doing things "right", I should be feeling grace(!), which I think should feel like peace and confidence or some such thing. So I think I'm doing something "wrong". Yet I'm slowly learning to trust that the fear and anxiety are ok.


From Dorothy Day’s editorial in the Catholic Worker on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.