What is your favorite poem?

To answer this question, I would briefly explain that poetry is being and being is poetry. If we consider this point, then what answer could I provide? My favorite poem is you and me, all of us, existence itself opening up each each instant throughout our breath.

You might still wonder, well, what about other poems and poets? Well, I read and enjoy poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Amado Nervo, Khalil Gibran, Octavio Paz, Rudyard Kipling, William Blake, John Keats, Walt Whitman, Lao Tzu, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, Xue Tao, Sarojini Naidu, Gabriela Mistral, Friedrich Schiller, Novalis, Matsuo Basho, Pablo Neruda, and many more. These poets are just a few names of poets that you might already be aware of their existence. These poets are some names with some of my once ‘have been’ favorite poems.

To answer which poems from all of these poets is my favorite, is like asking: from all birds free in the sky, which one is your favorite? I might have only two or three in my awareness at a certain time of the day/year, but on another day, there are other birds in my awareness. So which is my favorite from so many that I can’t even grasp my awareness yet? Each bird that I see is my favorite, and as it passes by, and leaves me behind, a new favorite comes and takes its place. It all depends on my state of awareness and process of maturity.

Furthermore if I try to answer what is my favorite poem, considering the ones I have written, I can only say that my favorite poem is the one I am currently writing, that is the one I currently am being. The beauty of poetry is presence, the transparency of being.

Therefore once I finish the poetic process, that poem stops being my favorite after a while. The process shifts the moment my pristine awareness acknowledges the end of a process and the beginning of a new one, thus a new favorite arises into my consciousness. The new process becomes the new favorite until it is time to let it go. I might read an old poem and realize there is room for improvement, so I add upon it as it makes me feel happier and fulfilled. However beyond the textual, poetry is an ongoing process just as being is.

Therefore, my favorite poem is me, you, and everything we are as we exist within the embrace of creative love. That said, I know that there are a lot of poets out there doing amazing work. I will eventually compile a list of contemporary poets and friends that inspire and create lovingly, so if you would like me to read your work and perhaps add you to the list, contact me.

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