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Easing the Journey Through Shadow & Light

  • Dawn

Arriving, an Animal and an Ark

Today I share three poems: two are about journeys, all three about the convolutions and tenderness of hope. Two by remarkable, internationally known poets, and one funny little musing penned this week by yours truly...a pigtail of an ending.

The Journey

Above the mountains the geese turn into the light again

painting their black silhouettes on an open sky.

Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens

so you can find the one line already written inside you.

Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that

first, bright and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart.

Sometimes with the bones of the black sticks left when the fire has gone out

someone has written something new in the ashes

of your life.

You are not leaving. Even as the light

fades quickly now, you are arriving.

David Whyte

House of Belonging and River Flow

Saint Francis and the Sow

The bud stands for all things, even for those things that don't flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on its brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;

as Saint Francis put his hand on the creased forehead of the sow, and told her in words and in touch blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow began remembering all down her thick length, from the earthen snout all the way through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail, from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine down through the great broken heart to the blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them: the long, perfect loveliness of sow.

Galway Kinnell

Three Books

In a Class by Themselves

Picture the Ark, if you would—




That’s all we usually see.

No lobsters, eels, sardines.

They could all swim.

There were spiders, of course,

taking up residence

in darker corners of the hold.

Have you thought about the insects?

Or did they invite themselves?

Flies on an elephant,

fleas on a squirrel.

A few termites maybe?

Two by two?

Or hidden swarms?

And who was the first off the Ark,

as a watery sun

offered strange filaments of light?

I bet it wasn’t the dove.

Dawn Elizabeth Hunt

Until next time.


Photo credits:

Mountain light, Luke Richardson, unSplash

Piggies, Stefanie Poepken, unSplash

Flying wonder, Thomas Giotopoulos, unSplash


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