Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday Poem - Walking North

No matter how I turn
the magnificent light follows.
Background to my sadness.

No matter how I lift my heart
my shadow creeps in wait behind.
Background to my joy.

No matter how fast I run
a stillness without thought is where I end.

No matter how long I sit
there is a river of motion I must rejoin.

And when I can’t hold my head up
it always falls in the lap of one
who has just opened.

When I finally free myself of burden
there is always someone’s heavy head
landing in my arms.

The reasons of the heart
are leaves in wind.
Stand up tall and everything
will nest in you.

We all lose and we all gain.
Dark crowds the light.
Light fills the pain.

It is a conversation with no end
a dance with no steps
a song with no words
a reason too big for any mind.

No matter how I turn
the magnificence follows.

Mark Nepo

6 comments:

Visual-Voice said...

wow, a simply gorgeous poem and the photo fits so well with it.

nanakin1 said...

love your photos and you always find the most beautiful poems to accompany them

One Woman's Journey said...

Cate, thank you for this poem.
It is nearing the end of my day and it spoke to my heart.

Tabor said...

This poem holds such breath-taking truths. That is life and only death will give us pause.

Juddie said...

Oh beautiful! Did you take this photo? It's superb!

kerrdelune said...

Yes, the photo is mine, a maple leaf floating along in the shallow water of the beaver pond. There was just something about that leaf....