My hips burn as I climb the path,
using roots as steps, but the view
is worth the work, always.
The way we climb questions until
we’re out in the open, able to
take in what we seldom see.
This is the purpose of questions,
to help us climb into the open.
Though, often, the heart burns
as we open.
This is not the pain of injury
but the pain of exercise. Like
pressing weights, we lift what-
ever’s in the way.
Only to put it down behind
us, not to deprive the next
seeker their climb, their work,
A Question to Walk With: Describe a climb you have made that has been difficult but which has been worth the climb.
This is from my book of poems in progress, The Gods Visit.
JUNE 24-26: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, The Deeper Teachers: Fear, Pain, and Grief, Weekend Retreat, (web link) — IN PERSON
AUG 26-28: Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison CT, weekend workshop, Reclaiming Our Humanity: Being Fierce and Tender in Our Call to Love, Fri 7-9:30PM EST Sat 9:30-5:30PM EST, Sun 9:30-1230PM, (web link) — IN PERSON
SEPT 16-18: Friday Night Reading and Weekend Retreat (Sat and Sun), Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, or call 843-720-8528, (web link) — IN PERSON