Sometimes we are lucky enough to know our lives have been changed, to discard the old and embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course.
Dory in the Mist
When everything is stripped away, the essential is revealed.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Goose Rocks Beach
Wherever you are, it is always at the beginning. That’s why life is so beautiful, so young, so fresh.
that you are carrying,
you were only
supposed to climb.
When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
Next time what I’d do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I’d stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
or to the air being still.
When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I’d watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.
And for all, I’d know more — the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
like a light.
is a good day.
The soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness.
The lure of the distant and difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
The world is an echoing place. If we throw anger, anger comes back; if we give love, love comes back.
The essence of nature is change, a never-ending expression and re-expression of itself.