Little things fall away
as big things become more clear.
I can no longer open jars
or carry two grocery bags at once.
But I can perch like an eagle
on the edge of the vastness
in any given moment.
I now walk into the kitchen
and forget what I was after.
But I can recite Basho’s instruction
to Kikakou in 1689 and join
I now stop near the top of the hill
because my hips burn.
But can see directly into the soul
of anyone who has been loved
or broken open.
And I can wake in the night
with a sudden fear of death.
But can quiet that fear with
the ancient chorus humming
in the wind.
It’s as if my body is a nest
and my soul is a bird
who has waited a lifetime
for the moment
it can fly away.
A Question to Walk With: Describe what aging feels like to you.
This excerpt is from my book of poems in progress, Suchness.
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