“Be still and know that I am God…”
she quoted. “Be quiet… don’t do, don’t act,
don’t talk, just be still… God will take care
And that sounded good. That sounded fine.
And so I sat in my comfy chair being
quiet and still. Not talking. Not moving.
Not doing. And time went by like this.
And then I died.
– Karen Molenaar Terrell
THIS is probably the most provocative poem of yours that I have read so far. It starts off so simple and straight forward and then punches you in the gut. It could be interpreted in many ways , as a Christian Scientist it spoke to me in a very specific way and I have no idea if that was your meaning. If you were a famous , dead poet this is one poem they would argue about in books and the classroom! I think there are many sides to you Karen Molenarr Terrell! Rick
Rick – Hah! THIS is EXACTLY the reaction I was hoping for! 🙂 Thank you so much! I was tempted to go on, write another verse, and try to explain what I meant. And then I thought – no. Let’s just leave it there. Leave it to the readers to figure out what it means for them. (But this one was really uncomfortable for me to write. And I did not like the ending so much. 🙂 )