Poets and Prophets

by A. Sea Herndon

IMG_1215“The chief difference between a prophet and a poet is this: a prophet hears God, and does his best to faithfully transmit that word, while a poet argues back. The poet plays the “devil’s advocate,” or more accurately, humanity’s advocate. He is a mediator between the earthly and the divine, just not in the direction some might want to believe. A poet does not speak to his fellow man, he speaks for them, as one of them. This is his misunderstood value and function: he articulates the horror, the beauty, and the wonder of the human condition, and pleads our common case before the universal court of the eternal and divine.”

-A. Sea Herndon