Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A wish

for SH

There was a chasm
dry and strewn with rocks.

Neither of us
could throw a rope
or build a bridge
to meet half way.

You tried once
but by then
I was barricaded
into my encampment
on the other side

of falling and being broken
beyond repair.


May it not be
too late
for an unfamiliar grace
to melt away
the illusion
so fiercely grasped

and to learn
that weakness and fear
can only hide
a luminous reality
for a little while
(maybe not even a lifetime)

then to soften and
to heal
and finally
to understand

to let the waters flow and
to watch the desert bloom.


Blogger Jean said...

oh, you're a gemini like me...
I don't believe in it, mostly, but just sometimes... a relentless changeability that is so at odds with some of my other characteristics - I always think I'm such a gemini in that, and I think I sense it in you too, perhaps?

I love the poem, and the photo.

And I have a very rude word verification, which I shall not repeat :-)

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Blogger zhoen said...


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Blogger Koru's Daughter said...

I directed here from LJ's Life on Earth blog. I am glad that I did. This poem is so lovely and touching.

4:02 pm  
Blogger MB said...

Mary, I find this a very moving poem. It is hard, but also tender, and in the end seems to be a kind of love poem to the self. I think those are the best kind, to the extent that the self is where it all starts. Self-compassion, as we've discussed before ;-).

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Blogger rdl said...

Nice and hopeful!

1:43 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you for your comments. I did mean the poem to be hopeful ... not really ready to go public on who it's for but it was helpful to write. Poetry as therapy :-)

Jean: Ah the Gemini restlessness. Maybe not a bad thing though I often think it is.

Koru's Daughter: Thank you and welcome. Nice to have your visit!

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Blogger Dale said...


10:47 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Dale: thank you.

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Anonymous ginkgo said...


(And your photo is most intriguing.)

1:24 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Ginkgo: Thank you. Always nice to have a visit from you.

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