Attuned May 15, 2023

Something beats inside  

the soul, the way the heart  

beats inside our chest.  


While the mind plays its  

melodies, the beat inside  

returns us to whatever it  

is we think we have lost.  


This is the tuning fork  

of the sacred by which  

we find our way.  


I felt it as a boy watching  

the endless waves lap  

against the bow of  

our boat. 


I felt it when I awoke  

from surgery too soon  

as the angels were stitching  

the light of the world back  

into my chest. 


I felt it the day I knew  

I loved you and there  

was nowhere else to go. 


I feel it now, every time  

I see those I love soften  

for no reason.  


And just last night, when  

our dog slept between my  

wife and her dearest friend  

as they listened to each other,  

their hands in her fur, letting  

her know it’s safe to rest in  

the hammock of what is. 


This is from my book of poems in progress, Suchness. 


Check out Mark’s Events page at for Mark’s upcoming in-person and online events. 

July 9, 16 & 23: You Don’t Have to Do It Along: The Net of Friendship. A 3-session virtual webinar guided by Mark Nepo 1-2:30pm ET/10-11:30am PT. Details at 

Aug 4-6: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Aversity, Weekend Retreat. (web link) 


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