The name is this site is called Sayable, taken from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke called The Ninth Elegy. These lines made a significant impact on me in college:

The wanderer does not bring a handful of earth,
the unutterable, from the mountain slope to the valley,
but a pure word he has learned, the blue
and yellow gentian. Are we here perhaps just to say:
house, bridge, well, gate, jug, fruit tree, window–
at most, column, tower… but to say, understand this, to say it
as the Things themselves never fervently thought to be.

Is it not the hidden cunning of secretive earth
when it urges on the lovers, that everything seems transfigured
in their feelings? Threshold, what is it for two lovers
that they wear away a little of their own older doorstill,
they also, after the many before,
and before those yet coming…lightly?

Here is the time for the sayable, here, its country.
Speak and acknowledge it. More than ever
the things that we can live by are falling away,
supplanted by an action without symbol.

The idea that we make things more real by naming them, saying them, this concept sticks to me. This is why I write. I want ideas that float around in my head to stick to me, to you, to us. I want us to see creation as Adam did in those first hours: naming it newly. I want us to process thoughts newly, freshly, see them in ways that shock and empower us, bless and complete us in the context of the gospel. I want to make thoughts, ideas, concepts, abstractions, sayable.


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8 responses to

  1. Lore,

    First experience here and simply loved reading this. So resonating with my soul. Seeking to engage in what is real (sayable) with you….

  2. Rachel, thanks so much! Hope you’ll come by again =)

  3. Hello, Lore! What a pleasant surprise I had this morning when I stumbled upon your site. I’ve just begun the adventure of discovering all the little treasures you have buried here, so I’m fascinated! As a novice blogger, I see I can learn so much from you. Be very blessed and prosperous! Brian

  4. My friend and I have a saying “the power of He spoke” that we use between the two of us and this adds much to our phrase. We know how heavy words are because God chose to use them when He started creating the universe. He chose words carefully and when he spoke them the universe emerged. So, we know that we are made in God’s image and our words are weighty too. We can’t speak universes into life, but words do have power. Once they escape our mouths we can’t take them back. They fly out and bury themselves in the ground to grow into something important.

    Thanks for sharing, Lore!

  5. I am drawn to your open heart, here on this scrolling pages.

    So glad I stumbled upon you.

  6. I am drawn to your open heart, here on these scrolling pages.

    So glad I stumbled upon you.

  7. I’m so thankful that the Lord led me to your site. Your postings are spot-on and definitely “sayable.” Until you hear our Savior say these words, I’ll say them, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

  8. A friend who attends TGC conferences and reads your contributions here and there told me that I should check out Sayable because we have similar ideas. In reading your story, I’m thinking maybe there was something similar in our water growing up in Pennsylvania (and our consequential need for warmth in the South!) Blessings on your labors.

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