For Robert Bly

For Robert Bly October 24, 2022

As the winter sun makes every twig

shine, I’m leafing through a book

of poems gathered from the ages

by the poet who recently died. He

kept all these voices alive, feeding

them ancient fish in a timeless pool.

Now, he swims among them. Like

any true guide, you leave no trace,

the way the sun leaves no trace on

the flower about to open. How can

I thank you, other than by blooming.

A Question to Walk With: Describe someone you know who treasures history and keeps it alive. How do they do this?

This is from my book of poems, The Half-Life of Angels.

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

NOV 18-20: Shallowford Family Counseling Center, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart, A Fri-Sat Retreat, Sunday Morning Service Talk, Heartwork: Being a Spirit in the World, (web link) — IN PERSON

NOV 30: California Institute of Integral Studies, FREE Live Podcast and Conversation between Mark and faculty member Cindy Shearer about Mark’s new book Surviving Storms, 5-6:30PM PST/8-9:30PM EST, (web link) – ONLINE

DEC 11: Saying Yes to Life! From brokenness to tenderness: A webinar guided by Mark Nepo, Dec 11, 2022 from 1-3pm | 10-12pm EST. In this online webinar, Mark will explore how a life of meaning and love unfolds over time. (web link) – ONLINE

For more info on Mark’s upcoming events, visit:

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