Conversation With Aged by Peter Menkin

the elderly. But also because the language seems more suited in its way of manner to the poem. I do use other sources when reading the Psalms, most often the second choice is King James, since the elderly I visit are more familiar with it. I think that is a good thing.

More artistic statement on the poem, “Conversation with Aged:”
This brief note is a response to my friend Jan Robitscher’s comment that the poem seems to be two poems in one. Jan Robitscher was a teacher of mine when I attended The Episcopal School for Deacons. The School for Deacons is located in the buildings of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), an Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California USA. Jan has been on the faculty there since 1991. She holds a B. Music (DePauw University), an M.A. in Liturgy (Notre Dame) and an M.Div. (Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary). She is my friend.

The response to her comment, sent to her home in Berkeley near the seminary, and UC Berkeley’s North Gate area, by email today, Tuesday:

Hi Jan:
I am so glad you like this poem [“Conversation with Aged”]. Just recently, with this current poem just sent you, and the one previous (“Christ’s Presence”) I’ve been making more extensive artist’s notes, in particular a statement on Biblical reference in the two poems. I did this as a result of discussion prompted on the Academy of American Poets writers workshop.

Your thought that I’ve two poems does strike a chord with me, and I thank you for taking the time to comment. It is helpful. In my same day response, not considering it longer (though I will consider your suggestion some more in days to come), I intend the poem to be a dialogue of sorts, as a statement of the relationship with the elderly, as well as a poetic dialogue of their own.

In short, the experience is two way, and I believe the relationship described in the poem, “Conversation with Aged” opens the way towards the generational experience. It also demonstrates that the visitor is also undergoing thought and expression, even if in a different way because of age, and yet in a similar way because both are human and engaged in what some call the “God experience.” Christ is relational, one could say.

Is this a good answer to your comment, and it is intended as my considering what you’ve said rather than a conclusion? Thanks for the opportunity to make a return comment.

Yours in faith,
Peter Menkin, Obl Cam OSB

 

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