Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Poem - In Muir Woods

Masters of stillness,
masters of light,
who, when cut by something
falling, go nowhere and heal,
teach me this nowhere,

who, when falling themselves,
simply wait to root
in another direction,
teach me this falling.

Four hundred year old trees,
who draw aliveness from the earth
like smoke from the heart of God,
we come, not knowing
you will hush our little want
to be big;

we come, not knowing
that all the work is so much
busyness of mind; all
the worry, so much
busyness of heart.

As the sun warms anything near,
being warms everything still
and the great still things
that outlast us

make us crack
like leaves of laurel
releasing a fragrance
that has always been.

Mark Nepo, In Muir Woods


Kelley Ann Hornyak said...

I feel this one deeply. So much meaning here. Thank you for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

I was in a hurry when I stopped here, and didn't think I had time to read a poem, but that one drew me in. Thank you, and for the lovely scene to go with it.

Shelli said...