My God, We are Alive

My God, We are Alive August 22, 2022

For all the questions I’ve pressed the

wise with, for all the places I thought I

had to see, for all the birds I’ve envied

as they glide out of view, for all I keep

trying to hold up, though I’ve met those

I love over things I have dropped—the

moment I feel most tender is stepping

in the dark over slippers and books to

kiss you while you sleep. Once there,

I can’t go on, or in, or out. I’m stalled

like a tear losing itself in the ocean.

 

A Question to Walk With: Describe three people you love and how each came into your life. What does this say to you about the nature of love?

This is from my book of poems, The Way Under the Way.


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 11: Mark Nepo in Conversation with Brooke Warner, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, 1-2:30PM PST/4-5:30PM EST, FREE, register at the legendary bookstore Book Passage, (web link) — online

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 & ONLINE

OCT 28-30: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, A Weekend Retreat, (web link) — IN PERSON


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