I heard Julie Pennington-Russell (Lead Pastor, FBC Decatur, GA) speak while in seminary. She began her talk with this poem. As you read it, insert “scripture” every time that you see “poem.” Pretty interesting thoughts about what it means to interpret scripture.
Introduction to Poetry
by Billy Collins
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
Stan Dotson said:
Lovely! It reminds me of Pablo Neruda’s poem, Poesia, in which he describes what happened to him as a youth when he wrote his first poem. “Something ignited in my soul” he said. Verse is a powerful force. And I appreciate the way you call us to see the poetry of scripture.