Category Archives: quotations and poetry

trust our heaviness

This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly. ~Rilke I found this short passage on Jill’s beautiful blog, A Thousand Shades of Gray, which is a daily read for me.

those moments when she stopped and thought I’m awake!

The sun was out after a sojourn behind some clouds.  Planes glinted in the sunlight and gradually diminished in the distance, leaving a trail of noise.  A light breeze took the edge off the heat.  The moment struck her as perfect, in the way that quotidian moments sometimes did.  She tried to freeze it in […]

So brief, so fragile

What fools we are, she thought, to love something so brief, so fragile, as life. And especially that handful of sweet, little-children years. – Julia Fierro, Cutting Teeth

The work of my heart

There are mothers for everything, and the sea is a mother too, whispering and whispering to us long after we have stopped listening. I stopped and let myself lean a moment, against the blue shoulder of the air. The work of my heart is the work of the world’s heart. There is no other art. […]

You must travel it by yourself

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land. -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass I found […]

Little daily miracles

I read a lot this summer.  I re-read some, too.  One book I picked up again for the first time in years was To the Lighthouse.  It was my copy from college, and I loved seeing the underlining.  So many passages jumped out at me, then and now. To be silent; to be alone. All […]

One spectacle grander than the sky

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. ~Victor Hugo Another quote I found on the gorgeous Barnstorming, which is a daily read for me.

did you get what you wanted from this life?

And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. -Raymond Carver, Late Fragment

Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life

Tree It is foolish to let a young redwood grow next to a house. Even in this one lifetime, you will have to choose. That great calm being, this clutter of soup pots and books– Already the first branch-tips brush at the window. Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life. – Jane Hirshfield

no further away than the ground beneath my feet.

Time after time I realized that everything I want or need – the living truth of life, love, beauty, purpose, and peace – is taught to me right here, no further away than the ground beneath my feet. – Karen Maezen Miller, Paradise in Plain Sight