Monday, March 15, 2010

"Accepting This" poem

In our Sacred Conversations group yesterday (it's a Circle of Trust, Parker-Palmer style), we used this rich poem by Mark Nepo called Accepting This:

Yes, it is true, I confess,
I have thought great thoughts,
and sung great songs--all of it
rehearsal for the majesty of being held.

The dream is awakened
when thinking I love you,
and life begins
when saying I love you,
and joy moves like blood
when embracing others with love.

My efforts now turn
from trying to outrun suffering
to accepting love wherever
I can find it.

Stripped of causes and plans
and things to strive for,
I have discovered everything
I could need or ask for
is right here--
in flawed abundance.

We cannot eliminate hunger,
but we can feed each other.
We cannot eliminate loneliness,
but we can hold each other.
We cannot eliminate pain,
but we can live a life of compassion.

Ultimately,
we are small living things
awakened in a stream,
not gods who carve out rivers.

Like human fish,
we are asked to experience
meaning in the life that moves
through the gill of our heart.

There is nothing to do
and nowhere to go.
Accepting this,
we can do everything
and go anywhere.

2 comments:

Purple said...

Such rich images. Thanks Katherine...and lovely new digs as well.

Jan said...

What a wonderful poem. Thank you!