No 1234 Posted by fw, January 18, 2015
Martha Graham’s poem, below,, A Blessed Unrest, is read by DuyenPTran, published May 1, 2013
Duyen writes, “After hearing Sara Bareilles share the inspiration behind her upcoming album title, The Blessed Unrest, I was moved to record & share this reading with other artists, souls out there!”
Note – On her You Tube page, Doyen refers to herself as “callmeduyen”. Strange name, I thought. It took me a couple of minutes to realize that callmeduyen means “call me Duyen” ;=)
Following Duyen’s video-recorded reading is a transcript of the poem.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.
If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.
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