Knowledge and knowing

Finding a way between two worlds.

Heart-path and mind-way move.

Ancient ways walk-along to new.

Belted-light beckons in the sky.

Hunter walks in story-world.

Mind-way seeks the why.

Heart-path seeks the who.

A place-between is built,

where talking-stick passes.

In that place of knowledge

and knowing grows the

one thing we all need –

understanding.

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Bjorn has us thinking about kenning, knowing, and poetry today.

ย http://dversepoets.com/2014/03/20/kennings-the-metaphor-of-skalds/

Here is my share for this amazing prompt. Why don’t you share your ken with us?

Join in with your own poetry, read some poetry and leave love. ALWAYS leave love.

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35 Comments

  1. Brian Miller said,

    March 21, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Mind-way seeks the why.
    Heart-path seeks the who.

    and a third way through the middle…i like the passing of that walking stick…giving each one a chance to speak and seeking understanding…

  2. Glenn Buttkus said,

    March 21, 2014 at 1:02 am

    When I spent a week on the Yakima reservation, I learned about the talking stick, when you held it, everyone listened; could only talk when passed the stick; lovely custom; like your kenning poem, very spiritual today.

    • shanyns said,

      March 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks Glenn, yes I was in the knowledge/knowing continuum for a while with my son. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Joseph Hesch said,

    March 21, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Lovely and to my heart, Shanyn. For some reason, more than usual, this week I find myself very open to our Native cultures and traditions. And, son of a gun, you’ve brought your interpretation of some right to my heart-door and soul-seer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      March 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad our heart-doors and soul-seers touched on the path.

  4. Mary said,

    March 21, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Heart-path and mind-way are both so very important.
    When you have both of them, could one ask for more?

  5. March 21, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Mind-way seeks the why.

    Heart-path seeks the who.

    esp liked that bit… this whole write is a beauty tho… understanding is def something we all need.

  6. billgncs said,

    March 21, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I really liked how you brought them together

  7. claudia said,

    March 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    A place-between is built,
    where talking-stick passes… very cool… and we need those open minds to understand each other…

    • shanyns said,

      March 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      We do, don’t we? We need more of them all the time I think.

  8. March 21, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Yes, we do need understanding… well thought. I especially liked the reference to Orion… hunter as we all know but belted-light is an interesting word pairing.
    And the ending is well done.
    -HA

  9. March 21, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Eloquently spoken in how much we know as humans
    but how few understand
    being human…
    TRULY connected as social animals..who hunt and gather..
    for cooperation..
    instead of separation..and isolation..from a world
    that machines..
    RULE..and specter..
    over human
    discontent…

  10. kkkkaty1 said,

    March 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I really like the originally of this..it’s quite beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Gabriella said,

    March 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

    A balanced way of heart and mind is ideal. I wonder why it is so hard to achieve though. Nice take in the prompt!

    • shanyns said,

      March 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      It is hard, I don’t know why though, but worth trying!

  12. Grace said,

    March 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Understanding, that is a tough challenge ~ A balanced perspective is needed ~ I really like this line: Belted-light beckons in the sky.

  13. kkkkaty1 said,

    March 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I came back to comment again on this poem because it means so much to me…Orion signifies much personal in our family and what you built around it fits in so well with what we think and feel about it..sometime I will write about it. I am keeping this for posterity.

  14. March 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    the heart-path and the mind-way.. love how you took the kenning to a deeper meaning here…

    • shanyns said,

      March 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks Bjorn, so pleased that you liked my take on your prompt!

  15. Abhra Pal said,

    March 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Oh I like that reference to heart path and mind way. I feel the contrast between two often.

  16. Bodhirose said,

    March 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    This has a Native American feel to it…very spiritual, Shanyn…just love what you created here.

  17. Barry Dawson said,

    March 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Knowledge and knowing, old guard and new school, when we pass the talking stick around, the gap shrinks and dovetails into understanding. As a father of teenagers, I sometimes need to be reminded to pass the talking stick. Thank you for sharing this in your wonderful poem.

  18. vbholmes said,

    March 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    “A place-between is built,

    where talking-stick passes”

    So very important in so many different instances. Lovely poem, Shanyn.

  19. Lila said,

    March 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    This is a deep, insightful string of thought, and a subject I’ve been contemplating on lately (the heart, the mind, knowing vs understanding). Wonderful expression you’ve made of it here.. smiles, it really calmed me down and I so needed it, thank you.

  20. March 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Shanyns, we just met, so I wanted to zip over and find your take on knowing and knowledge…merging into understanding. Really like your work here. I too, wish more understanding and knowledge, but am of the “unknowing”. Piece-by-puzzle-piece the picture unfolds, but I shall die before it is finished.
    Maybe that’s what life is, each generation compromising with that talking-stick–thereby passing onto the next.
    As knowledge becomes true,
    does “real” truth elude?

    • shanyns said,

      March 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you. Love your words, and your poetry! Rock on my friend. Rock on!


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