Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday Poem - Lines for Winter

Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon's gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
tell yourself
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back
and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
tell yourself
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are.

Mark Strand

4 comments:

Cindy said...

That last line..."love what you are", holds the key to lasting peace. Right where we are, we are enough, and we are blessed. Thank you once again Cate, for posting such beautiful and moving words.

the spirit that moves me said...

I love the honesty and openness of your words. The photo is also very beautiful and haunting.

One Woman's Journey said...

This early cold morning - it speaks to my heart.

the wild magnolia said...

Tremendous spirit stirring words! I loved this!

Sending a few extra special "feel betters" & ((hug))!

love ya, magnolia