Friday, April 27, 2012

Horses at Midnight Without a Moon

horses in fog
Horses in Fog By Wally Hofker (click to see original on Flickr)

Horses at Midnight Without a Moon 
by Jack Gilbert
Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods.
Our dream wrestles in the castle of doubt.
But there's music in us. Hope is pushed down
but the angel flies up again taking us with her.
The summer mornings begin inch by inch
while we sleep, and walk with us later
as long-legged beauty through
the dirty streets. It is no surprise
that danger and suffering surround us.
What astonishes is the singing.
We know the horses are there in the dark
meadow because we can smell them,
can hear them breathing.
Our spirit persists like a man struggling
through the frozen valley
who suddenly smells flowers
and realizes the snow is melting
out of sight on top of the mountain,
knows that spring has begun.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Traveler (a poem by Heather Sommer)

Pansy petal edge
Petal's edge of a yellow pansy (I took this last week).
by Heather Sommer

Your first time out of the country
of your own skin, I didn’t bring a map.

You always hated that I’d been lucky
enough to pick my way through streets

I couldn’t pronounce to find cathedrals,
graveyards. If you were a city, you said,

I’d only like to know your suburbs.

If you were a city, I said, I’d like to know
your poor neighborhoods, your inner parts.

Read your graffiti. Drink your tap water.
Feel your smog and dirt stick to my sweat.

Hear your orchestra of sirens and gunshots.
I’d know which of your streets to walk.

If you were a city, I’d expect to be robbed.

— Heather Sommer

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

27 top bloggers on fear (incredible link)

I Am Not Afraid
By Taylor Dawn Fortune (click photo to view original on Flickr)

27 top bloggers and writers share their thoughts on fear. Like:
  • "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. ~ Marianne Williamson
  • "...We can learn to manage [our fears], to quiet them so that they don't get in our way.... When we do this, we live fearlessly in the presence of fear." ~ Farnoosh Brock
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