The Creation of the Inaudible (by Pattiann Rogers)
Maybe no one can distinguish which voice Is god’s voice sounding in a summer dusk Because he calls with the same rising frequency, The same rasp and rattling rustle the cicadas use As they cling to the high leaves in the glowing Dust of the oaks.
His exclamations might blend so precisely with the final Cries of the swallows settling before dark That no one will ever be able to say with certainty, “That last long cry winging over the rooftop Came from god.”
Breathy and low, the vibrations of his nightly Incantations could easily be masked by the scarely Audible hush of the lakeline dealing with the rocky shore, And when a thousand dry sheaths of rushes and thistles Stiffen and shiver in an autumn wind, anyone can imagine How quickly and irretrievably his whisper might be lost.
Someone faraway must be saying right now: The only unique sound of his being Is the spoken postulation of his unheard presence.
For even if he found the perfect chant this morning And even if he played the perfect strings to accompany it, Still, no one could be expected to know, Because the blind click beetle flipping in midair, And the slider turtle easing through the black iris bog, And two savannah pines shedding dawn in staccato pieces Of falling sun are already engaged in performing The very same arrangement themselves.
“The way of the artist is the way of perception, just as the way of the philosopher is the way of thought and the way of the devotee is love.
Cezanne said, ‘The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.’
He meant that if we look at any thing, no matter how simple or commonplace, and truly go to the heart of that thing, which means to the heart of that experience, we will find something so extraordinary, something that will revolutionize the way we see our self, others and the world. This is the true revolution that makes all others revolutions pale.
An artist tries to make something that expresses and evokes this realisation, something that takes the viewer directly to this experiential understanding. A true work of art triggers this revolution.”