Hear the Voice, by William Blake
Hear the voice of the Bard,
Who present, past, and future, sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
That walk’d among the ancient trees;
Calling the lapsed soul,
And weeping in the evening dew;
That might control
The starry pole,
And fallen, fallen light renew!
‘O Earth, O Earth, return!
Arise from out the dewy grass!
Night is worn,
And the morn
Rises from the slumbrous mass.
‘Turn away no more;
Why wilt thou turn away?
The starry floor,
The watery shore,
Is given thee till the break of day.’
Have you ever thought of yourself as the Bard of the world you center? A messenger, of sorts, with an important story to tell? Looking back over the course of the week your words have conditioned the soil of your future, like the farmer’s plow.
Whether you meant to say everything that you did or not, whether you regret anything you uttered or not, every word you spoke planted a seed. The quality of your life is determined in large part by the seeds you sow in the form of your words.
Words are unique configurations of sounds. Some sounds have particular meanings and some sounds have multiple meanings and spellings, as is the case with homonyms. Your vocal chords are an incredibly capable tool designed to help you influence the world around you, through sound!
Sound is a traveling wave, that is an oscillation of pressure, transmitted through a solid, liquid or gas. The sounds you make – every grunt, roar and snort – send oscillations of pressure that are perceived by the world around you. When spoken, words are a peculiar manifestation of energy that have a palpable, physical effect. In short, the words and sounds you issue, matter!
If you wonder what your week will be like, think back to the words you planted in the soil last week. Add to that the words spoken by those whose company you kept and you have at least a hint of the tone, the challenges and the opportunities you’ll likely face this week.
Whatever comes your way this morning, today and during the week, remember that you have an opportunity – as the Bard of your world – to plant words in a way that you can “Arise out from the dewy grass” renewed, returned, and awakened from the “slumbrous mass.”
Choose your words wisely!
6 thoughts on “Be the Bard of your World!”
I can really see how the impact of the words you choose to say (or not say), can affect the world
both by the sound waves they create and by the way others perceive them. It pays to be discerning in word choice, just like in William Blake’s wonderful poem!
Very timely, thank you. It is certainly worth consideration before speaking to see if our words are going to help or hinder the situation at hand. I would consider one of the key characteristics of being wise as knowing what to say, when to say it and how to say it.
I really enjoy the classic poetry regularly featured on your blog. Your analysis is insightful and I appreciate finding character implications still pertinent in this day.
These poems really are timeless!
From someone who tends to “speak without regard” thank you for this thoughtful consideration. Mindless thought put into words, if viewed through this post is the most destructive force in our worlds. ” Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh”. I’m going to start there and take the time to stop and think this week before my mouth opens. We can change the future by educating our children through our own harvest. Many thanks!