I’ve started listening and reading poetry this month. The last month before the work storm breaks and I have spent some of it trying to envisage ways that I’ll keep some calm in me whilst everything outside is going to be pretty chaotic. I struggle to find peace or balance when the to do list is long. That list seems to taps it’s foot and the constant noise makes me irritable and impatient. There will be no finishing the list for the next few months, the long list is a deliberate and inescapable fact of life for the foreseeable. So I found this poem by Mark Nepo, a little favourite in my reading quest for calming cues…
REDUCED TO JOY
I was sipping coffee not he way to work,
the back road under a canopy of maples
turning orange. In the dip of woods, a small
doe gently leaping. I pulled over, for there
was no where else to go. She paused as if
she knew I was watching. A few orange
leaves fell around her like blessings no
one can seem to find. I sipped some
coffee, completely at peace, knowing
it wouldn’t last. But that’s alright.
We never know when we will blossom
into what we’re supposed to be. It might
be early. It might be late. It might be after
thirty years of failing at a misguided way.
Or the very first time we dare to shed
our mental skin and touch the world.
They say, if real enough, some see God
at the moment of their death. But isn’t
every fall and letting go a death? Isn’t God
waiting right now in the chill between the
small doe’s hoof and those fallen leaves?
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