Tag Archive: poetry

T.S. Eliot , “Little Gidding”

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

David Wagoner, “Getting There”

You take a final step and, look, suddenly You’re there. You’ve arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to… Continue reading

John O’Donohue, “For a time of necessary decision”

The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For… Continue reading

Rumi, “The Way Wings Should”

What will our children do in the morning? Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play, the way wings should? Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered the strength from… Continue reading

Lynn Ungar, “Lent”

What will you give up for this season, to help life along in its curious reversals? As if we had a choice. As if the world were not constantly shedding us like feathers… Continue reading

Seek patience — Maya Angelou

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. Maya Angelou

Denise Levertov, “Primary Wonder”

Primary Wonder  Days pass when I forget the mystery.Problems insoluble and problems offeringtheir own ignored solutionsjostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamberalong with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearingtheir colored clothes;… Continue reading

Joseph Campbell on place

sanctify the place you are in. joseph campbell, follow your bliss

Denise Levertov, “City Psalm”

The killings continue, each second pain and misfortune extend themselves in the genetic chain, injustice is done knowingly, and the air bears the dust of decayed hopes, yet breathing those fumes, walking the… Continue reading

Vaclav Havel, “It Is I Who Must Begin”

It is I who must begin.Once I begin, once I try —here and now,right where I am,not excusing myselfby saying thingswould be easier elsewhere,without grand speeches andostentatious gestures,but all the more persistently— to… Continue reading