Nothing But Questions

Jack Gilbert is my new favorite poet, thanks to my friend KR. I’ve been reading his collection, _Refusing Heaven_, and through the reading (as well as my own meditations), I’ve come up with some questions I’ve written in my journal.

There’s a mindful quality to Gilbert’s work that motivates me to reflect about how I live my life.


What moment is worth the sorrows yet to come?

When did you last feel joyful?

What is June silence?

Why were you angry?

What do you fear?

6 thoughts on “Nothing But Questions

  1. christine says:

    You’re so right. “…To make injustice the only/measure of our attention is to praise the devil.” That poem made me not want to write another melancholy line for a while. In fact, I’ve been purposely trying to notice what brings me joy. Imagine that! 🙂


  2. Julie says:

    An awesome poet! I should have read this post first. I just worked myself up into a lather with my other comments…haha! But I love how you always make me think.

    The questions are great. An answer instantly popped into my head with the first one. The moment I met my husband and the moment my daughter was born. I don’t mean they have brought me sorrow, but certain incidents in our lives have. They are both worth it all, and I’d do it over again without a moment’s hesitation.

    I also love the June silence question. You planted a seed of inspiration for me today. Thank you so much for reminding me of the joy!


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