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Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

On Today's Theme:

I'm ashamed to admit that until last night, I'd not heard of Al Young.
Then I read this poem and was impelled to find out about the mind and soul
of a person who could write like this. He was born in the rural South; perhaps
that's the reason why one can hear echoes of jazz in his writing. He graduated
with honors from U. C. Berkeley, and over a distinguished career, has taught
there and many others places, including Stanford, Rice University, University
of Michigan, University of Arkansas and U. C. San Jose. Along the way,
Young has written many screen plays and novels and collected
more awards than I can possibly list here.

Please read his poem aloud the first time you read it, for it sings in a
glorious manner that one can't sense through the eyes alone. It's no
accident that the poet himself entitles it, "The Song... " It rings with the
overtones of transcending clarity and joy. If you will, allow Young's poem to
blow across your heart like "one huge human gust of insight & forgiveness."

- Lisa Bowman

"The Flying Horse," by Marc Chagall  (1887-1975)

The Song Turning Back Into Itself 7
the fly-away song

Get that feeling sometimes

Wanna shatter
ten thousand fragments of emotion --


above this quivering concrete world
& go sailing thru beds & minds


Crazy that way
one sweet long song to undo
all sickness & suffering
down there on the ground...
one huge human gust of insight
& forgiveness

over rooftops with
Chagall's chickens



Al Young
(b. 1939)
American poet, novelist, screen writer
In 2005 he was named California Poet Laureate

...and now,

The Last Word:

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to
understand, as if it were necessary to under-
stand, when it is simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
A founder of French impressionist painting















































































Random Bonus Quote:

One day Adam said to God, "I want to be like you."
"You already are a bit like me," God said. "You are my image."
"I want to be like the holiest angel."
"Your wish is admirable, but what you really need is Eve," God comforted him.
"It is only you I want," Adam said.
"You can see me through Eve," God replied.

From "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs
Paraclete Press, 2007


On today's
Home Page:

Al Young;
Claude Monet


Wednesday's site: