Posted by: drjamm | February 11, 2009

Holy! Holy! Holy!

Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy!…
Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is
holy! everyday is in eternity! …

(excerpt from “Footnote to howl” by Allen Ginsberg)

I can’t stop thinking about this poem that I hear washing over my mind at odd times during the day. Of course, I love the beautiful sentiment in poem that The Sacred is everywhere and in all things.  Allen Ginsberg’s unabridged poem is even more raw, powerful, and gritty than the  sweet excerpts I have chosen for this post. He uses phrases like “…holy the unknown buggered and suffering beggars; holy the hideous human angels!” I recommend you read Ginsberg’s entire poem at Old to fully appreciate the power and the depth to which Ginsberg acknowledges The Holy!

101_00131…Holy forgiveness! mercy! charity! faith! Holy! Ours!
bodies! suffering! magnanimity!
Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent
kindness of the soul!

(excerpt from “Footnote to howl” by Allen Ginsberg)

More than this pure expression of the Omnipresent Sacred, I am intrigued by how this poem would sound if read aloud. Should we crescendo from one Holy! to the next until we are exclaiming Holy! to the top of our voices? Or should we play with each Holy! as we speak it? Should we point at objects and people around us demonstrating our new discovery of what is Holy! Or, rather, should this repetition of Holy! be our mantra our spiritual exercise as we go through the day? Maybe every Holy! could be prayerfully whispered like this:

Wake up, Holy!
Bless the day, Holy! Holy! Holy!
feed cat, Holy! cat kibble, Holy!
banana, Holy! make school lunch, Holy!
mug of tea to-go, Holy!
rain and wind outside, Holy!
drive to school, Holy! traffic jam, Holy!
kiss daughter, Holy! Holy! Holy!
open mail, Holy! pay bills, Holy! do laundry, Holy!
embrace husband, Holy! Holy! Holy!
grade papers, Holy! more chores, Holy! lose my patience, Holy!
care for my Self, Holy!
back to work, Holy!
make dinner, Holy! not enough onions, Holy! wash dishes, Holy!
goodnight story, Holy!
turn out the light, Holy!
give thanks for the day, Holy! Holy! Holy!

Whether this Holy! is said out loud or left washing silently through my mind, trying to see how every blessing AND struggle is Holy! is my current Spiritual work.

May the Supernatural Extra Brilliant Intelligent
Kindness of the Soul reveal to you all that that is Holy! in your life.

Credits and links:

all-sickness-homesicknes266Poem credit I first read excerpts of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “Footnote to Howl” in Dianne M. Connelly,s book, “All Sickness is Homesickness” 2nd edition. ISBN 0-912381-02-7.

I found a full version of this poem at Old Poetry.com

Photo credits: jamm@brightheartsinging.wordpress.comm

bright heart singing, copyright 2009 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)


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