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Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The "kitchen table" metaphor is so apt for us in the SparkCommunity. And gifted Native American poet Joy Harjo wraps verse around the image in a way that speaks not only to our rational minds, but also deeply to our spirits.

I offer this in the midst of my busyness to build upon our joy, to assauge our sadness and to gird up our courage as we make this journey The Table.


The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what,
we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the
table so it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe
at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what
it means to be human. We make men at it,
we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts
of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms
around our children. They laugh with us at our poor
falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back
together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella
in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place
to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate
the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared
our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow.
We pray of suffering and remorse.
We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table,
while we are laughing and crying,
eating of the last sweet bite.

-- Joy Harjo
(Reinventing the Enemy's Language)

(Offered to my friends GinaBug and DarkThor and Stlrzgrrl, who love Joy Harjo as I do.)

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LBIMAMMA 4/7/2010 1:04PM

    Lovely---thank you for sharing this.

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CARRAND 3/26/2010 9:25PM

    Absolutely lovely.

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DDOORN 3/26/2010 7:38AM

    Love it...such sweet thoughts ripple from this gentle toss of a pebble into a pond...


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SLASALLE 3/24/2010 10:06PM

    Can't it be offered to the rest of us too????!!!! :) OK, I'll stop kidding you. Just what I needed tonight, my friend ...

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    Nice. Thanks for sharing!

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FRACTALMYTH 3/24/2010 3:54PM

    Thank you for sharing that lovely poem - I am actually most struck by the amazingly perfect title of her book and all the connotations it carries with it...

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PENNYAN45 3/24/2010 2:49PM

    These are beautiful images that recall loving memories. The perfect setting for beginnings and endings.

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LADYIRIS313 3/24/2010 2:27PM

    oh, this is lovely .. thank you so much for sharing it.

Have a beautiful day!

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KALIGIRL 3/24/2010 1:52PM

    Absolutely fabulous.
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I am going to share with my 3D friends as soon as I finish this comment.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/24/2010 12:10PM

    Solstrimmigt köksbord
Katten dåsar på soffan
Livet här och nu

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LYNNANN43 3/24/2010 11:57AM

    What a gorgeous metaphor!

Thank you once again, MAHA!

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DARKTHOR 3/24/2010 11:50AM gorgeous. Thank you for this. I want things to end with laughter and crying, eating of the last sweet bite. My mind's eye is taken back to kitchen tables from my past, surrounded by those I love and the warmth and completeness of that circle.

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SWDOTB2 3/24/2010 11:37AM

    This reminded me of lines from Adrienne Rich's "Integrity:"

"...The hands that....
emptied that kettle one last time
are these two hands
and they have caught the baby leaping
from between trembling legs
and they have worked the vacuum aspirator
and stroked the sweated temples
and steered the boat there through this hot
misblotted sunlight, critical light
imperceptibly scalding
the skin these hands will also salve."

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/24/2010 11:17AM

    Hmmmmm.... I prefer to think life BEGINs at the kitchen table ... but then as Hemingway has said, "Life is a moveable feast."
I'm thinking of babies in high-chairs, spooning puddles of cereal into their mouths and down their fronts. A moment when a sister tied a Raakhee on her brother's wrist to honor his manhood in a pure way. The numbers of birthday cakes aflame with candles shining love into families.
Thank you for evoking memories of my kitchen table.

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STLRZGRRL 3/24/2010 10:44AM


*I* love her, too!

My world will prolly end in front of a computer... I like Joy's vision better...


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DEBRA_T 3/24/2010 10:22AM

    That would be a wonderful place for it all to end, especially surrounded by friends and family. Life is a feast, my friends!

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/24/2010 10:00AM

    Me gusta!

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BECOMINGONE 3/24/2010 9:28AM

    Simply beautiful!

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Happy St. Pat's from a quintessential Irishman!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sybil Head Dingle Peninsula, Ireland


On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

-- John O'Donohue
(Echoes of Memory)

John O'Donohue (1 January 1956 - 3 January 2008) was a poet and Hegelian philosopher from County Clare, Ireland, where his father was a stonemason. He is best known for popularizing Celtic spirituality.

O'Donohue received a PhD in philosophical theology from Tubingen University, Germany, in 1990. He was ordained as Catholic priest, but left the priesthood in the 1990s.


* Eternal Echoes (1998)
* Conamara Blues (2000)
* Divine Beauty (2003)
* To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings Doubleday, 2008.
* Anam Cara, (Gaelic for "Soul Friend"; 1997)
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...hearing John O'Donohue speak on "Imagination as the Path of Spirit," beginning with "Beannacht:"

(the conclusion:
..hearing him speak "On Beauty":

...seeing O'Donohue speak "on the privilege of being at the 'death bed'"

His website:

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JESPAH 3/21/2010 10:34AM

    May the clay dance to balance you.

Excellent. :)

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PEACEFULONE 3/20/2010 4:11PM

    It is always a beautiful pause in the day when I pause to read your posts.
Thank you again and again for sharing. Peace, joy and blessings to you.

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MACGIRRL 3/19/2010 11:08PM

    I cannot send gratitude enough for the discovery this took me on this night...
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BECOMINGONE 3/19/2010 7:32AM

    And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

What a wonderful play of words. Thanks for sharing!


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SANTANDERE 3/18/2010 6:55PM

    Loved his website! What an accomplished man... I found this quote there: "The greatest privilege of a human life is to become midwife to the birth of a soul" Isn't it amazing?


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LIVIN-N-LEARNIN 3/18/2010 11:21AM

    beautiful. just beautiful....
thanks so much for sharing!! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/18/2010 6:44AM

    Great share...thx so much!


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PENNYAN45 3/17/2010 10:22PM

    You always post something to feed our souls! Thank you for this beautiful Irish poem today!

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DARKTHOR 3/17/2010 10:19PM

    BEANNACHT to you, I hope your day has been lovely.

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CARRAND 3/17/2010 10:03PM

    Lovely poem. Thank you.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/17/2010 7:42PM

    Thank you for sharing!! Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 3/17/2010 4:31PM

    Thank you for a wonderful blessing from a wonderful human being!


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JOHAL52 3/17/2010 3:03PM

    Beannacht on you too, from another Valerie, another Irish descendant.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/17/2010 2:45PM

    Thanks for sharing another thoughtful choice of words Maha.

The 'nourishment of the earth' reminds me that friends' SP blogs provide so much nourishment for the spirit and complement perfectly all the advice and guidance about food for the body.


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LADYIRISH317 3/17/2010 12:54PM

    I am SO homesick for the land I've never seen!

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KALIGIRL 3/17/2010 12:46PM

    BEANNACHT to you dear friend.

Once again you delight our senses with sight, symbolism and sound.

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STLRZGRRL 3/17/2010 10:35AM

    I wanna go to Sybil Head Dingle...

I'm gonna say it all day today just to let my tongue have fun!

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GINABUG 3/17/2010 8:53AM

    Ah, yes, Maha! I owe you BIG time for introducing me to John O... Wish he were still on this earthly plane, but who knows what his spirit is doing in its new place? Guess I shouldn't be selfish about it! :-)

Happy Day, friend!


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DEBRA_T 3/17/2010 8:38AM

    May the slow wind of love wind its way around each of us today! emoticon

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CORPUSANNIE 3/17/2010 8:23AM

    Bless you my friend! Wonderful blog to start my day. emoticon
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This is what you should do!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I have no time to comment on this passage which I love so and comprises an important part of my daily philosophy of life. So I will simply leave it with you, hoping that Whitman speaks to you in that place that touches your soul as well!

This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people...
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.

~ Walt Whitman ~
(Excert from Preface to 1855 edition, Leaves of Grass)

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DARKTHOR 3/17/2010 10:15PM

    The words embraced me as if I were floating in the warm waters of the Gulf and the gentle surge of a wave lifted me and then just as lightly lowered me all under a lovely blue sun-swept canopy.

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1LATINAJOURNEY 3/17/2010 9:36AM

    Fantastic. Thank you.

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COLIBRI930 3/17/2010 7:50AM

    Such a simple and direct poem with wisdom that speaks to the heart. I would love to live every word of it!

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PEACEFULONE 3/17/2010 1:49AM

    "Food for the soul" is such an excellent description of this piece and all your blogs! Thank you again and again dear MAHA! Also Kaligirl, many thanks for your addition it is wonderful.

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DDOORN 3/16/2010 10:50PM

    Beautiful words...! Forgotten about Whitman...thx for reminding me of his wisdom...!


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CARRAND 3/16/2010 9:09PM

    This is a wonderful quote. Thank you for sharing.

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/16/2010 5:19PM

    I'll use this one in Spanish class. I believe it would make a great English to Spanish translation exercise in groups! The students will be learning more than Spanish in the process. emoticon

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SLASALLE 3/16/2010 5:16PM

    I'm with my buddy a few comments up. Patience is my hardest piece and I am consistently working on that one! As always, my dear friend, you provide food for the soul ... that's just part of who you are ... and it's all good ...

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KALIGIRL 3/16/2010 4:46PM

    This sings to me, not only because of my study of Gnosticism, but because of a book I'm reading. The author (a Quaker minister) gave a sermon @ 1st Plymouth Church in Lincoln last Sunday.

From "The Heavens We Create", by Philip Gulley, author of "If the Church Were Christian"

"...It is staggering to realize how seldom Jesus talked about heaven. Though he did talk, quite extensively, about what we could do to create a heaven right here. In his most famous prayer, he expresses a hope for God’s kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. He didn’t want us to pine for some far-off heaven. He wanted us to bring it about now. This would happen, not by believing certain creeds, but by living a certain way.

By loving our enemies now
By being truthful now.
By forgiving now.
By working for justice now.
By experiencing wholeness and unity and community now.

How will we know we’ve reached this heaven? There’ll be signposts along the way. When the hungry are fed. When the poor are valued as much as the wealthy. When the lonely are befriended. When the powerful no longer do whatever they wish and the weak no longer suffer whatever they must. That’s when we’ll know heaven has come to earth..."

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WANT2CHNG17 3/16/2010 4:21PM

    I love this! Especially...

"have patience and indulgence toward the people" (patience & indulgence towards OURSELVES as well!)

Thank you for sharing!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/16/2010 2:21PM

    I agree with the writing, except for "despise riches". It has been partly because of my blessings of abundance that I have been able to help those in need (ie build a school for extremely poor Mayan children). I find it far more healthy to give thanks and "share" my blessing of riches.

The rest of the passage I LOVE!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/16/2010 2:10PM

    Thank you for leaving such beautiful words with us Maha.


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FRANCOPHILE619 3/16/2010 1:47PM

    Amazong quote. Thanks for sharing. It gave me goose bumps and a lot to ponder.

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DEBRA_T 3/16/2010 1:26PM

    Beautiful poem; love every line. Thank you for posting!

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STLRZGRRL 3/16/2010 12:42PM

    SHOULD... have patience...

SHOULD... have patience...

SHOULD... have patience...

Ya, I should...

Imma work on that...

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PENNYAN45 3/16/2010 12:37PM

    Thank you for these beautiful words to ponder from this great poet.


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MAMAGRANDY 3/16/2010 12:36PM

    Love this! Going to write it down!!!! thanks for sharing!

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LYNNANN43 3/16/2010 12:33PM

    That is one powerful and thought-provoking quote!


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JESPAH 3/16/2010 12:29PM

    If my flesh becomes a great poem, can it be a limerick? Those are small. :)

PS Thank you for this. I definitely don't have enough peace and poetry in my life. Thank you for bringing it in.

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PONDERTHIS 3/16/2010 12:28PM

    Thank you for this! You are bringing riches to the table ~

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/16/2010 12:23PM

    "reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,

**Been doing that for as long as I can remember...

"dismiss what insults your very soul"

**The sooner, the better - for sure

and your flesh shall become a great poem.

I JUST LOVE that line. XOXO

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/16/2010 11:59AM

    "I lean and loaf at my ease ..."
The peaceful activism of Whitman gets me going, too.


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The unthinkable can be thought

Monday, March 15, 2010

Some beauty fairly CRIES OUT to be shared...and this extraordinary offering of Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska supremely qualifies in that regard. May your day be richer and fuller for having "bumped into" her.


The commonplace miracle:
that so many common miracles take place.

The usual miracles:
invisible dogs barking
in the dead of night.

One of many miracles:
a small and airy cloud
is able to upstage the massive moon.

Several miracles in one:
an alder is reflected in the water
and is reversed from left to right
and grows from crown to root
and never hits bottom
though the water isn't deep.

A run-of-the-mill miracle:
winds mild to moderate
turning gusty in storms.

A miracle in the first place:
cows will be cows.

Next but not least:
just this cherry orchard
from just this cherry pit.

A miracle minus top hat and tails:
fluttering white doves.

A miracle (what else can you call it):
the sun rose today at three fourteen a.m.
and will set tonight at one past eight.

A miracle that's lost on us:
the hand actually has fewer than six fingers
but still it's got more than four.

A miracle, just take a look around:
the inescapable earth.

An extra miracle, extra and ordinary:
the unthinkable
can be thought.

-- Wislawa Szymborska
(View With a Grain of Sand, translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)

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PEACEFULONE 3/17/2010 12:15AM

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Your blogs are a such a gift!
Thank you, Thank you!

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LUCKY-13 3/16/2010 2:55PM

    Thank you for introducing us to her! I really enjoyed this!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 3/16/2010 11:09AM

    I love the thought of "commonplace miracles". Thank you for sharing.


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GREENCAT1 3/16/2010 6:42AM

    Such beautiful thoughts! Thank you for sharing!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/16/2010 5:47AM

    "A miracle in the first place: cows will be cows"... I love that!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/15/2010 10:38PM

    Well, that was amazing. Thank you.

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CARRAND 3/15/2010 10:28PM

    Wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/15/2010 9:31PM

    Awesome words! Thank you for them...

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DDOORN 3/15/2010 8:53PM

    What a beautiful celebration of all miracles...great and small...or not so small...! :-)


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SANTANDERE 3/15/2010 8:27PM

    Es increible como algunas personas impactan nuestras vidas para hacernos pensar, y hacernos mejores por averlos conocidos...


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FRANCESCANAZ 3/15/2010 7:52PM

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    You and me - we are miracles too!

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BECOMINGONE 3/15/2010 4:50PM

    You made me smile!

You are always letting your light shine brightly. Thank you!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/15/2010 2:26PM

    Another nutritious blog for the mind Maha.

There are so many miracles that we overlook every day.

Thanks for your message on my page. I loved the 'The Elegant Gathering of White Snows'.

Let's walk on, unburdening .....

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2010 2:02PM

    emoticon for yet another powerful posting of photo and poem. Her face is inviting and her words open our hearts.

“Know in your heart that all things are possible. We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none had ever happened.” —Libbie Fudim

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PONDERTHIS 3/15/2010 1:10PM

    I am so moved by this poem. Thank you so much for posting it. I immediately copied it and sent it to a friend ~ I want to print it and paste it into my journal. I am starting a journal again. Your own poetry and now this piece are encouraging me to let myself write poetry again too. Funny what you'll discover on the path to greater physical health - it might just be your inner self. Amazing discoveries await us.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/15/2010 12:50PM

    How extraordinary! Oh, frabjous day, calloo, callay! Thank you for sharing this. I'm so exhilerated I want to make up my own word: ponderful! Or sit quietly with this ...

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_VALEO_ 3/15/2010 12:06PM

    The picture of her is amazing: wisdom, serenity and mischievous eyes like a child inviting us to "eat" the life.
This poem is a miracle in itself.
"the unthinkable can be thought."

Wonder when she wrote it, considering the Polish history...

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VALERIEMAHA 3/15/2010 11:58AM

    Gina, so interesting that you should make reference to Elinor Ostrom. I subscribe to the YES! newsletter and when I got it recently, I sent the article along to Sandra, who you probably know is an economist, to also share with her economist husband! Ostrom is such a breath of fresh air!!!

Thanks for the share!

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WANT2CHNG17 3/15/2010 11:53AM

So glad I popped over here to read this today - it has buoyed up my soul.

Hmmmm - the unthinkable can be thought. Love it.

Thanks for sharing!

Mary Ann

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GINABUG 3/15/2010 11:49AM

    I LOVE this piece! This is the second piece about a woman who was a Nobel Prize winner that has come to me today. Thought you might enjoy the other as well:

Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder. With love and light!


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Singing the Soul's Song

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In reading and celebrating the poetry and prose of SparkFriends recently -- including that of Azimat and Usha, Sandra and Gina, among others -- I'm reminded that it has been a long time since I've penned either prose or poetry. I say it's because I'm engrossed in school, but this could also be "grist for the mill" if I chose it to be so.

I do, however, feel as though it could well be a sign of a light hidden under a bushel...that I need to retrieve and reignite. Maybe it's that same quashing of spirit that is resulting in my lack of impetus for grabbing hold of the downward spiral of wellness-serving behavior.

There's a poem by my hero Mary Oliver that I keep on hand, to encourage and buoy me in my writing aspirations. I share it now, and then below them I will include some my pieces,sharing them with my SparkCommunity, as a way of saying, "Here I am and from here I can take off...and begin moving that spiral upward again!"


I want to make poems that say right out, plainly,
what I mean, that don't go looking for the
laces of elaboration, puffed sleeves. I want to
keep close and use often words like
heavy, heart, joy, soon, and to cherish
the question mark and her bold sister

the dash. I want to write with quiet hands. I
want to write while crossing the fields that are
fresh with daises and everlasting and the
ordinary grass. I want to make poems while thinking of
the bread of heaven and the
cup of astonishment; let them be

songs in which nothing is neglected,
not a hope, not a promise. I want to make poems
that look into the earth and the heavens
and see the unseeable. I want them to honor
both the heart of faith, and the light of the world;
the gladness that says, without any words, everything.
~ Mary Oliver ~

I wrote this after one of many bike rides, during which I would have the repeated sighting of a great blue heron gracing me with its presence:

Roadside attraction --
Lounging blue heron
sunning in the bayou.
~ Maha ~

After some yoga asanas --


Reclining peacefully
After stretching beyond familiar reaches
The body rests
As the spirit recharges
Preparing for more movement
Outside of the known and comfortable places --
Within and without
~ Maha ~

The Labyrinth at St. Scholastica, November 2009

I greet the sun-of-my-soul
in the morningtide
praying for the balance not to topple,
for wisdom to chart,
for patience to move mindfully
at the day's bidding.

I keep moving...
Through the labyrinth of my life,
one foot in front of the other,
trudging inside soul boundaries,
at times full of grace,
other times calling for mercy.
~ Maha ~

The Pond at St. Scholastica, November 2009

I skipped around the murky pond
noticing circles outlined in the water
but not seeing the source.

I reflect on my murky mind
as I skip through life...
with wonderment
at how I find myself

plopped smack-dab in the middle
of Circles of Wonder...
without an inkling, really,
of how


~ Maha ~

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THECITYMOUSE 3/17/2010 4:45PM

    You are a babe.

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PEACEFULONE 3/17/2010 12:09AM

    Treasured thoughts put to words! Thank you for sharing from your heart. Sing your beautiful song, dear Maha!
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LUCKY-13 3/16/2010 3:00PM

    Thank you for sharing! What a gift!

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CARRAND 3/15/2010 10:31PM

    I love poetry. I don't write it, I just appreciate it.

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AZIMAT 3/15/2010 12:27PM

    Oh you lovely being.

Thanks for mentioning my name, I'm honored.

And thanks for posting your beautiful work for all of us to appreciate.

And I would like to point out to you that your comments everyday are poetry of the best kind. From the heart, and life affirming. You helped me to feel accepted enough to open MY heart here on Sparkpeople. Just want you to know...........

Bless you, my friend.

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GINABUG 3/15/2010 7:59AM

    Maha -- I didn't find this until today (my subscriptions must not be working!). BUT as it turns out, it's a great start to my Monday. Thank you for your wisdom and your art. Combining them in this post is so "Maha!" (I just invented that term. "It's such a 'Maha' thing to do!" :-)

I love the poems and your light shining through them... Especially this:

I reflect on my murky mind
as I skip through life...
with wonderment
at how I find myself

plopped smack-dab in the middle
of Circles of Wonder...
without an inkling, really,
of how


I'll carry this with me all day. Lovely, my friend! Lovely...



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DARKTHOR 3/14/2010 1:10PM

    Thank you for sharing these and allowing me the opportunity to dip into the pool of your poetry and emerge refreshed.

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STLRZGRRL 3/14/2010 12:27PM

    As my Mama often said, "See?"

Despite a degree in, so help me, creative writing, I go years without writing anything but reports and email... I have been known to say this:

"The difference between writers and me is simple. Writers write."

Now go write something. You gotta turn on the faucet if you want any water to come out, y'know!

[Um... those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, consult.]

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WILDHONEYPIE1 3/14/2010 12:23PM

    Let it shine Maha.

"trudging inside soul boundaries,
at times full of grace,
other times calling for mercy. "

Yes, yes, yes.


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KALIGIRL 3/14/2010 9:48AM

    Thank you for much to reflect upon in the Circles of Wonder.
Perhaps one day we will know how we got here...

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JESPAH 3/14/2010 9:35AM

    Sweet, and thanks to QueenOfTheForest for passing along the link. :)

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CORPUSANNIE 3/14/2010 9:05AM

    What a wonderful wake up blog. Awesome as always, speaking to our souls, thanks for being you. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/14/2010 7:25AM

    Thank you. The Labyrinth especially speaks to me... even gazing at its map above brings back gentle memories of walking a labyrinth here in town. I need to go visit it again. A meditative walk is a true soul-filler!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/14/2010 6:08AM

    This is food for the mind and spirit Maha. Thank you. I have no doubt that I will come back to this blog.

You are one of the bold sisterhood that supports me to find the balance not to topple. Taken literally, the 'wisdom to chart' is now inbuilt in my mundane but guiding routine of tracking and reading Spark reports. I will hold onto the concept of exercising patience to move mindfully at the day's bidding.

Thank you for giving so much to contemplate and reflect on.

Hope your Sunday brings what you wish for.


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DRAGONFLY7149 3/14/2010 3:11AM

    Thank you for making my day! Do you know that were it not for you I wouldn't know of Mary Oliver? She's fabulous...but then again, so are you.

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SANTANDERE 3/13/2010 11:21PM

    No puedo creer que aparte de ser tan inteligente, y academicamente estudiada, tengas tanto talento para escribir poemas. Eres unica, y por eso te admiro, y te llamo mi amiga...

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SLASALLE 3/13/2010 11:14PM

    All when and as it is supposed to happen, my friend ... you are amazing ...

With love,

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GSCOTTC 3/13/2010 10:20PM

    Very cool. And that is from a Arctic boy:).

Take care


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PONDERTHIS 3/13/2010 9:54PM

    Maha, What beautiful poetry you write - or does it write you? The pairings with images is so lovely....thank you!
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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/13/2010 9:46PM

    "I sing myself and celebrate myself!" Walt Whitman.

Thank you for sharing these peaceful soul-abiding perspectives.

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    Thank You.

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BECOMINGONE 3/13/2010 8:38PM

    The soul's song will return -- patience.

"...and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -- Anais Nin


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