You Ask Why I Am Up So Quick 

You Ask Why I Am Up So Quick  June 26, 2023

Because eating-air-without-holding-back tastes like  

music. It’s why I stop when kissing your shoulder,  

stalled in the wisdom of your skin. Look how we  

keep growing despite the impediments. Look how  

weeds bust through the cracks in the road. Look  

how the streets are filled with beaten-down souls  

rising through the hardness of their lives. Oh, the  

pianist is learning how to play, as the piano maker  

is learning how to string the thing that saves us.  

And I am learning how to love, as you are  

learning how to be.  


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

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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