ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SACRED AND POETRY – by Kolawole Samuel Adebayo

ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SACRED AND POETRY

I have always questioned why all religions of the world have spiritual books that form the tenets of their respective faiths. And I think that as I continue to write poetry, I get clearer in my understanding of the interconnectivity of the divine and the art of writing.

“In the beginning, God spoke a word…”

One of the very first introductions to God in the Christian Bible is that He is pro-speech, which will mean He is pro-words, which will mean He is pro-writing, which will also mean He is pro-poetry. I think this is the source of that now hackneyed maxim: “God is a poet”. And however over-used that maxim may be, it will always hold water.

I believe writing can be a pathway into the divine. I define “divine” here within the context of my own Christian faith; and I say this without casting aspersion on others. For I can not speak of what I do not know— whether they be gods or thrones or dominions or voices upon the earth. I can only truly speak of that which I know.

I do not know if I have been able to communicate some sense hitherto, but I will like to conclude on this note: writing is as physical as is spiritual. I have had a number of epiphanies while writing, where my soul was suspended in a world not terrestrial. I do think it’s a journey of a lifetime to fully understand this connection between art and sacredness. There is a sacredness of art, and as long as we keep writing, we are journeying into the full knowledge of this.

 

Kolawole Samuel Adebayo is an old soul in a young Nigerian body whose poems seek to awaken the human consciousness. His poems have appeared or forthcoming in Glass Poetry, Button Poetry, Burning House Press, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine, Eunoia Review, PRAXIS Magazine, Mojave Heart Review, Tuck Magazine, WRR, BPPC anthology, and elsewhere. He likes to connect with his friends via his Twitter handle, @samofthevoice.

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