Sunday, March 8, 2015

How Can You Keep From...? A New Poem by Stan Brunn

Photo by Bob Brinkmann
Please enjoy this latest poem from noted Geographer, Stan Brunn of the University of Kentucky.  He encourages readers to add their own lines in the comments section to the prompt, "How can you keep from...."

Following the poem is the hymn that inspired it.

Inspiration came after singing the American old gospel hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing” in church (Lexington Quaker Meeting House) 1 March.  The words of this beautiful hymn are Anonymous.

How Can You Keep From . . . ?
For those who lust for adventure, how can you keep from traveling?
For those who are eternally curious, how can you keep from exploring?
For those who like transition seasons, how can you keep from spring/fall welcoming?
For those who like cultural diversity, how can you keep new foods eating?
For those who enjoy daily routine, how can you keep from working?
For those who communicate in spirit, how can you keep from worshipping?
For those who are grandparents, how can you keep from ancestering?
For those who like children, how can you keep from parenting?
For those who like others, how can you keep from nurturing?
For those who are caring, how can you keep from mentoring?
For those who make mistakes, how you can you keep from forgiving?
For those who enjoy social media, how you can you keep from twittering?
For those who admire themselves, how can you keep from “selfieing”?
For those who like movement, how can you keep from dancing?
For those who like laughter, how can you keep from humoring?
For those who suffer ill fate, how can you keep from hoping?
For those who cherish daily solace, how can you keep from praying?
For those who experience rebirth, how can you keep from flowering?
For those who like newness, how can you keep from beginning?
For those who like wondering, how can you keep from dreaming?
For those who want affection, how can you keep from loving?
For those who inner joys possess, how can you keep from singing?

                                                      Stan Brunn    5 March 2015



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