What Is Home?

What Is Home? April 22, 2024

For the hummingbird,
the instant the nectar
enters its beak.

For the dolphin,
the moment it slips
back into the wave.

For you and me,
the slice of time
we slip through
when what we look
for—in here and out
there—is the same.

Like the moment
a wing is one with
the wind.

Or the moment
that love and truth
gather in the back
of our throat

when everything we
care for is about to
leave or arrive

and we feel powerless
to do anything but
open the secret cave
in our heart
and just wait.


A Question to Walk With: Describe what home is for you?

This excerpt is from my book of poems in progress, Tales of the Ferryman.

Mark will be offering retreats and a few special journeys in 2024. Below are some of his offerings: 

April 26-28: Saying Yes to Life: From Brokenness to Tenderness, reading and weekend retreat, The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, or call 843-720-8528

May 6: Drinking from the River of Light, Talk on the Creative Process, The Gilmore Festival, Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, VanDeusen Room | 2 pm

May 18–24, 2024 The Gift of Deepening and the Radiance in All Things, a weeklong retreat on a river cruise in France hosted by Global Journeys

June 28-30: Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength, weekend retreat, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Aug 16-18: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Net of Friendship, weekend retreat, Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison   

Sept 16–21, 2024 You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship, a Mastery Week Retreat at the Modern Elder Academy in Santa Fe, Mexico, .

Sept 29 1pm PT/4pm ET: Mark Nepo in Conversation with Brooke Warner – You Don’t Have to Do It Alone, ticketed event hosted by Book Passage

Nov 1-3: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Net of Friendship weekend retreat, Union WA, Contact Harmony Hill for info: https://www.harmonyhill.org/contact-connections/

Dec 8–14,  Saying Yes to Life: The One Life We’re Given, a weeklong retreat in Costa Rica, hosted by Global Journeys

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