Sweet expectations

“Live the questions now.”*

‘Stay curious.  Never settle.  Amen.’**

Of high expectations, Seth Godin remarks, ‘nothing will be good enough,’ and of low expectations he says they are ‘sad indeed’.^

It’s thought there are only three starry bowls in existence.  These yon tenmoku were valued by shoguns more than anything else and remain national treasures for Japan.  They’re possibly the accident of a certain kind of pottery production but there are those who are seeking to replicate the process and, they hope, the bowls.  They are searching for a particular answer.

In Jean-Pierre Siméon and Olivier Tallec’s wonderful story This is a Poem that Heals Fish, the protagonist Arthur must discover what a poem is so he can save his fish Leon from boredom.  He asks bike shop owner Lolo what a poem is:

‘- A poem, Arthur, is when you are in love
and have the sky in your mouth.’^^

Arthur can only reply:

‘ – Oh…? Okay.’^^


Arthur continues his quest.

Mrs. Round the baker tells Arthur:

‘- A poem?
I don’t know much about that.
But I know one, snd it is hot like fresh bread.
When you eat it, a little is always left over.

-Oh…?  Okay.’^^

Arthur asks Mahmoud ‘who comes from the desert andwters his rhododendrons every morning at 9 o’clock’:

‘Mahmoud replies without hesitation:
– A poem is when you hear
the heartbeat of a stone.’

– Oh…?  All right.’^^

(More from Arthur’s quest come.)

Questions can contain such sweet expectation.

(*Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From gapoiingvod’s blog: Stay curious.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog The trouble with high expectations … .)
(^^From Jean-Pierre Siméon and Olivier Tallec’s This is a Poem that Heals Fish.)


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