Poetry or prayer?

I have had a fantasy conversation where somebody, before the class or partway through, asks “What’s the difference between these poems and a blessing or a prayer?” And I ask them in return “What does that matter – is that like important to you?”  They somewhat sheepishly say, “I don’t know – I just want an answer.” And I say, “No difference, really – it’s all the same. You shower love and affirmation and well-meaning on the person. The difference is just in your entry point – the entry point here is poetry.”

older blessing-hands

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