Poem of One World

Poem of One World, from Mary Oliver’s book, A Thousand Mornings, reminds me that while on the precipice of uncertainty, there is an invitation, a choice.  To leap or not to leap; to float or to fly; to stay or run the other direction.  The beautiful white heron naturally unfurls her wings in flight.  Someday, I too shall do the same.

Poem of One World

This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to

where everything
sooner or later
is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.

– Mary Oliver

Never Not Now

“Your life you live by the light you find…”  – from The Dream of Now by William Stafford

It requires a certain amount of courage to live life.  Sometimes I feel courageous; other times, anxious or insecure.   Befriending the shadowy side makes life more interesting.   I’m learning that with or without my cooperation, Awareness remains infinite and unchanged. This poem speaks to being brave and acceptance to whatever comes.

            Never Not Now

Infuse healing some other day.
Hold discomfort tenderly now, as if by design.
Care for doubt and uncertainty
no less than you might the most admired guests.
As brisk air risks your quietude,
breath in a thousand blossoms.
With a pregnant pause,
acknowledge your capacity,
know the distinctive timbre that is You.
Always here, always now.
Scream out loud sometimes.
Lean-in,
or maybe lean on another.
Host the gray, purple and even red skies with equanimity.
Ragged edges
deserve their place too.

– by Melissa Jagoe-Seidl