Friday, July 30, 2010

The Space Inside*

Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

Pay attention (work hard),
rest all that is not needed for the work,
relax into the effort,
feel how this pulse eases into hum,
contributes to all others’
to make our lives more rich
make us more joyful
more alive to our gratitude
more able to feel the ease from our troubles
wash over us,
leaving them sparkling, crystalline
with salt.

Invite them in,
all those you think you cannot feed,
who will fill themselves
with exactly what you can give
what they can receive
from the basket of your compassion –
your strengths,
the limber moments
between your daily plans –
who will spice each bite
with all you have learned
to let go.

Set the even table of your prayer for justice
with the spirit you bring
when flinging your loving arms
to all you can reach,
all you can harvest
in this season that feeds us
and the guests
who bring us so much more
than we can return.

I will open the dark doors
of my small home,
feel the rooms grow
as a vessel swells
each time the water
fills
then hollows
the space inside.

*Interesting that I had forgotten a poem from 2005 called "The Space Between Us" Chapbook, anyone?

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