Everything that was not there before is poetry.
The German word dichtung for poetry resonates with 'to think' and 'dense'. It roots from the Latin dictate 'to write down' and dictio 'word', and cognates with the ancient Greek δεικνψναι (deiknynai) 'to show', 'to point' and ‘to prove’. The idea of density, concentration and cluster through language, endure in both the etymology and the meaning of poetry.
Poiesis is essentially a production into presence in which nothingless emerges to being; it proves itself into actuality with a wish to become recognised through itself. Of which painting as a poetic act is part of. Being is wherefrom it sparkles into existence.
The Ancient Greek δράκων (edragon), ‘dragon’ literally meaning the sharp-sighted one, a glance with light or terror follows the verb δερκεστηαι (derkesthai) ‘to see clearly’ and relates to the archaic word for light. Dragons in myths and folklore guard treasures and gold, their blood contains supernatural properties. Either benevolent creatures in the Eastern cultures, or vicious fire-breathing beasts in the European tradition, ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies. A dragon denotes chaos but also protection. In literature, stories of dragons are fundamentally attempts to preserve creation from decontrol and diffusion.
The tale of Prince Sigurðr, a Norse hero and legendary dragon slayer, was adapted by Richard Wagner in his opera Sigfried. The earlier extant representations for his legend come in pictorial form from seven runestones in Sweden. Vikings called their writing f-u-þ-a-r-k, which stands for the first six letters of the runic alphabet and descend from the Latin and Greek alphabets. The runic inscriptions typically start with Rað runar ‘interpret the runes’.
The Finnish word for poem ‘runo’ is an old German loan. Initially, it meant a secret, a miracle, a whisper and a rune. The history of the word refers to the magical powers and mystery generated by the rhythmic and figurative qualities of poetry.
In the moment of poeisis, a preliminary stage of being opens as a space of magic: it is attending the spirit before it becomes the spirit.