A pastiche poem of tribute to the past and resolve for the possible.
By Maria Popova
when no question seems big enough:
Here it is, with each line linking to the episode it came from:
Twenty years ago today, Krista Tippett birthed the life-force that is On Being. It began as a small local public radio show and ended up as a beloved podcast making lives all over the world infinitely more livable and luminous. President Barack Obama gave her the National Humanities Medal for it. Millions gave her their hearts as she gave us the universe of hers.
seeking language large enough
a life worthy of our breath
this tiny slice of eternity —
mathematics, mystery, and the universe —
this fantastic argument of being alive.
small truths and other surprises
what we nurture
how we live with loss
saved by the beauty of the world
what if we get this right?
notice the ragenotice the silence —
silence and the presence of everything:
TWENTY REASONS FOR BEING
To celebrate it, and to bow to the horizon of the next twenty years, I combed through the On Being archive to compose a twenty-line pastiche poem, made from the titles of episodes that have aired sometime in the past twenty years.