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Mystery and Methodology
by +Steven Curtis Lance

Monday, June 14, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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"By saying but not saying too much / Caring enough to say carefully"

Mystery and Methodology

My poems are squared away they say
And some ask how I do what I do
Between the now and the now again
What variables come into play
Writing it down and letting it be
As I dream a dream which comes true then
Writing it down to share it with you

To speak of its methodology
Though I am something like afraid to
My poems are generated from
Catalytic couplets as they come
Seeds sufficient each to grow a tree
Each at its right time as each knows when
Time comes for its being to become

Then what follows is the working out
Painstakingly through its prosody
Of how the poem will go about
Causing what causes others to see
To hear to taste to smell and to touch
And by making these sensations clear
Conceive the other another way

Perceived to be received beyond me
Purified to their essential state
Syllables are balanced and counted
Attention is paid to every sound
Into each line each word accounted
For and how lines and linegroups relate
And what is the total of the sum

In the shape of parts unknown is found
How all the parts stand separately
By sum the total to calculate
The shadow play as seen from behind
And how what is becomes what can be
When what is unknown is brought to mind
Through the writing of reality

The specificity of the here
Creates a to by answering from
In the mindful process of finding
By what I do not say and I do
The matters of my mind reminding
From my present to the future you
As from the now to the now again

By saying but not saying too much
Caring enough to say carefully
How the here of an alternative
Universe is a place you can live
Settling in so the dream can begin
An alternative life for awhile
Inviting the other to come in

By not saying and saying by style
Where everything is exactly so
In the execution of the how
As the poem unfolds in the when
Dreaming forever by being now
And always simultaneously
In a dialogue of now and then

I do what I do and do not know
The specificity of the why
As a mystery I do not try
To understand as it guides my hand
To fly blind as it changes my mind
I can only tell you that I feel
My dreams come true as I write them real

But mystery does not like for me
To speak of its methodology

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Reviewed by Lew Duffey 6/15/2010
I thought the preface said it all only too well. The poem proved your point. As usual, a great job.
God bless,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/14/2010
One thing leads to another, the sum of the parts being greater than the individual musery moment. Patrick

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