Bloggerhood Etc. 10/27/14

Rhythm clock

Image: John Varney/TED-ED

Best Profile.The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis” by Paul Vallely at Newsweek. 

Best Dad Post. Should You Travel With Young Kids?” by Jeff Bogle at OWTK.

Bravest.Ten Minutes of Bravery” by Aaron J. Smith at Cultural Savage.

Best List.10 Traits My Tween and Teen Acquired From Participating in Live Theater” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Call to Rebellion.A Benedictine on the Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher at The American Conservative.

Best Special Needs Post.Does Guilt Lace Your Dreams” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Commentary.TED Talks are Lying to You” by Thomas Frank at Salon.

Best Question.Is St. Peter a Bouncer?” by Joshua Ryan Butler at A Deeper Story.

Best Answer.Why Every Newborn You See on Facebook is Wrapped in the Same Baby Blanket” by Lisa Selin Davis at Quartz.

Best Easy Recipe.Incredibly Simple Applesauce” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle. 

Best Free Resource.NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them” by Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music.

Best Mom Post.Flutters and Faith” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Essay.Daughter of the Dragon” by Hilary Oliva Faxon at SB Nation.

Best Educational Video.A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm” by John Varney at TED-ED (via YouTube)

What if it’s all Rhythm?

Open score.

J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor, vocal score (Photo: Claire Stewart)

I saw poet Phil Long perform at the Faith and Culture Writers Conference last April, and amidst the torrents of words and images that flowed from his heart and through his lips surfaced a question about life that became the focus of his poetic whirlpool.

“What if it’s all poetry?”

I thought about that question tonight as I finally sat down after a long day to clear my thoughts and tackle this week’s Five Minute Friday. And soon, another question arose in my mind.

“What if it’s all rhythm?”

Rhythm, along with language, is the essence of poetry. Rhythm is what gives poetry its structure, its drive, its emotion and often even some if its imagery.

That’s why a line like “Seagulls swooped overhead, periodically pausing to punch holes in the surf” creates an visual image beyond the meaning of the words. Alliteration, onomatopoeia,  and the length and pacing of words gives the sentence a rhythm that matches the movement within the scene.

Rhythm is also the essence of life. We exist in time. Our hearts beat at a regular tempo. Day and night cycle regularly and our biology cycles with it.

Us and all living things.

So maybe the question is this. What if we—and just we—are both rhythm and language, the essential elements of poetry? And what if we—and just we—are both because we alone are made in the Image of God? What if the whole universe is a symphony composed and conducted by God, and through us what was once the inexpressible beauty of the divine has become known as God set words to the music?

What if the universe, the whole of creation, is rhythm and melody and harmony, and it is we who are the poetry?

And what if that is what makes us uniquely in the Image of God?

Five Minute Friday