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What to Remember When Waking....

Monday, April 30, 2012

The last day of national poetry month and I honor a most favorite poet...and all of you...with this beautiful offering:


In that first
hardly noticed
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
and frighteningly
where everything
there is a small
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

(The House of Belonging)

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LIAMSMOM3 5/27/2012 1:55PM

    Gorgeous poem. I am going to print it out. Thanks for posting it.

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FRANCESCANAZ 5/3/2012 6:56PM

    Hermosa como tu....

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CRYSTALJEM 5/1/2012 11:38AM

    That is so beautiful, I had to read it twice. Thank you very much for sharing. Namaste. Hope you are doing really well!

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EARTHSEAME 5/1/2012 10:27AM

    Utterly beautiful and true. Thank you.

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2012 8:26PM

    Good to remind myself that I am not an accident . . . this is a powerful poem, thanks!

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    absolutely beautiful. Thank you

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DDOORN 4/30/2012 10:48AM

    Sleep...such unknown territory for me...! Only a handful of times have I ever remembered my dreams, wishing I could hold onto them more...!

Lovely poem, thx for sharing as always!


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2BMYOWN 4/30/2012 10:45AM

    Wonderful. Simply wonderful. Yours is such a mystical soul, Maha, and you are always blessing us all with the gems that you've mined over a lifetime of reading these absolutely wondrous words. Thank you, for just being you, and sharing with the rest of us.

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DOKEYOKEY 4/30/2012 10:14AM

    So lovely! Thank you for calling our attention back -- again and again! -- to what is truly important. :)


P.S. This poem reminds me a little bit of Mary Oliver's Wild Geese; do you think so?

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JESPAH 4/30/2012 9:56AM

    Saweet. :)

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/30/2012 9:50AM

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I l look at the face of this beautiful man and I wonder--surely he must remember where he has been during the dark hours of the night to write a poem such as this one. Surely he is urging us to remember all that we are and who that we are.
When my dad was dying I told him that he was returning to the place that he had come before his birth. Although I know that he did not remember until perhaps the very end, this did give him a sense of enormous peace.
Thank you Maha for sharing this poem. I wish for us all that we remember that we are all so much more then we appear to be.

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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I spent the night with an anxious friend. In checking my email on her computer this morning, this wonderful piece was waiting for me from Joe Riley, my morning Panhala poetry offering. I started reading it to my friend and she said she had recently read, loved, and applied it to a difficult situation in her life. I hereby offer it from her place to all of us as we move through those difficult places in our lives.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

~ Portia Nelson ~

(There's a Hole in My Sidewalk)

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FLORIDASUN 4/22/2012 6:57PM

    I'm looking for that NEW's name is serenity! I won't give up til I find it! emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/22/2012 3:15PM

    I love it! Sounds like me. :^)

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EOSTAR_45 4/22/2012 1:28AM

    Love it!

Hope I can get to chapter 4 or 5 in my street sooner rather than later! I am tired of falling on my behind! LOL. And yet, I do know it is because I need to learn something that I keep encountering this same street(s) over and over again.

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EARTHSEAME 4/19/2012 11:49PM

    Yup, that's the process. I know it well....

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SMILEYBEE 4/19/2012 12:00PM

    I recognize this life pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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SLASALLE 4/19/2012 11:40AM

    I really like this ... as always, thanks for sharing. I thought you had already left, must have misread something. Take care!! xoxoxo

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KALIGIRL 4/19/2012 9:31AM

    Love it!

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SUE_2U 4/19/2012 2:01AM

    Wonderful! Thank you so much!

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RIDMYCOCOON 4/18/2012 10:26PM

    Nice! I have to say someone must have read this before writing the screen play for Groundhog Day.... seems very reminiscent.

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GIRANIMAL 4/18/2012 4:00PM

    Love it. emoticon

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_RAMONA 4/18/2012 3:35PM

    I've always loved this one! Thanks!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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WILDHONEYPIE1 4/18/2012 3:01PM

    Brilliant. May we all learn so easily. emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 4/18/2012 2:42PM

    You know I love this one. Here's to turning down a different street! CJ

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DAISY443 4/18/2012 11:47AM

    A true life lesson!

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    what a beautiful lesson.

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DDOORN 4/18/2012 10:26AM

    A wonderful gem I came across years ago during my inpatient psychiatric hospital work...always great to revisit and remind myself of this wisdom!


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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/18/2012 9:10AM

    You're so funny! And such a dearheart for staying with your friend.
How many reminders this brings of ruts I've struggled to get out of and repave in different directions. So I guess mine would be called "There's a Sharon in that Rut". Thanks for taking the time to share. Hope you're hanging in there, May 1 is well on it's way!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/18/2012 8:58AM

    This is hilarious -- I looked at comments and *I* had posted! I'm still at my friend's and she had actually posted, not knowing the screen was still in my account!!!

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PEACEFULONE 4/18/2012 8:47AM

    Ah, does that mean we've learned to fly?
Or we could sit still and just think about walking down the street.
Isn't walking down the street a synonym for living?

Thank you for being such a good friend to your friend. Hope you got some rest. You are nearly done with your busy week.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/18/2012 8:30AM

    Next stop: walking down the street!

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GIANTPANDA 4/18/2012 8:27AM

    I love this!

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Good morning!

Monday, April 16, 2012

It was worth every one of the eight minutes this took, while I sipped on my morning brew, to record this "Good morning!" for me and share it with all of you!

Oh, and in case you're wondering, so far I've managed to retain a vestige of sanity through this end-of-semester madness.


Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Dream Work)
Thanks Jes! Good Morning Good Morning, The Beatles:

And my personal favorite, Good Morning Starshine, from Hair:

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SLASALLE 4/19/2012 11:43AM

    Yes, indeedy ... "the earth says hello. You twinkle above us, we twinkle below." Also one of my favorites!!!


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PEACEFULONE 4/18/2012 8:20AM

    Thank you Maha!

Sunrise is a magical time of day.
Another Beatles favorite-Here Comes the Sun.

Peace and blessings, Elaine
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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2012 9:04PM

    It is my nature to be happy . . . and the earth is exactly what I wanted. And also this marvellous good morning, exactly what I wanted!!

Thank you and thanks to Mary Oliver et al!!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/17/2012 11:52AM

    Good morning and Thank You! Loved the links.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/17/2012 8:19AM

    Good Morning to you tooooooo!!
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SUE_2U 4/16/2012 11:59PM

    I love those songs and I have not ever heard that wonderful poem. I will have to look for Mary Oliver. That is so beautiful!
There is a song I used to love by Melanie, called Baby Day. I used to wake up every morning and go out and watch the sun come up, all by myself.

Why sleep when the day has been called out by the sun
From the night 'cause the light's gonna shine on everyone
Why sleep when the sleep only closes up our eyes
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
And watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Quite quite, said I that's all very well to say
But I rose before the dawn to your singing yesterday
I couldn't see the rising 'cause the dark was in my sky
I couldn't see the sun 'cause the sun was in my eye

Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

Why sleep, I heard and I followed it today
To the top of the hill where the wind songs play
And I sing it like I heard it
Why I heard it who knows why?
Why sleep when we can watch the sun arise

We were meant to see the beginning of the day
I believe it was planned to lift us this way
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born
Take you an apple and take you a song
Watch a baby day be born

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/16/2012 8:15PM

    Thank you for the poem, the pictures and the music. Have a Blessed Day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Love it-you lifted me right up!

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CARRAND 4/16/2012 1:03PM

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful poem.

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TWINSFITBY40 4/16/2012 12:01PM

    Buenos Dias, Maha!! Te deseo muy buena suerte en los finales. Que tengas muy buenas calefacciones en sus examenes. Hasta luego amiga, Maria

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2012 11:18AM

    Good morning! Remember to seek out the beauty while you're in the midst of the crazy:)

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DAISY443 4/16/2012 10:33AM

    Good Morning!

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JESPAH 4/16/2012 10:32AM

    One of my faves of theirs:

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SONGBUDDHA 4/16/2012 10:22AM

    Fantastic photo!
Fantastic poem!
thanks for both, and have a beautiful day!!

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SLASALLE 4/16/2012 10:14AM

    Glad to see that you're still sane!! And such beautiful imagery through words to start the day ...

I'm working at home today using the feet as little as possible!

Carry on ... :-)


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DDOORN 4/16/2012 9:27AM

    Such a delightful way to greet the day...! Thx for that, 'Maha and good to hear the end to your semester crazies draws near! :-)


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Light my way!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The big push begins, and my prayer is to maintain balance for the rest of April. Eating mindfully and scattering exercise throughout is my goal. I'm sharing the next two weeks with you so you will know why I'll be absentee and to help me "see" it and "dive in" mindfully~~

~ Monday I travel to a small community 1.5 hrs. away to interview participants in the Hispanic Entrepreneur Project

~ Tuesday a power point presentation in Advanced Spanish Biz Practices AND a complicated paper is due in Spanish Literature

~ Thursday a major homework assignment is due in Spanish Lit

~ Monday, Apr 23 I travel to another community 1+ hrs. away to interview participants in the Hispanic Entrepreneur Project

~ Thursday, Apr 26 university choir concert (with all pieces memorized)

~ Monday, Apr 30 Spanish Biz final + major research paper is due

~ Tuesday, May 1 Spanish Lit final

~ Wednesday, May 2 complete evaluation on Hispanic Project and depart on the 1000-mile solo road trip to Satchidananda Ashram in central Virginia for the month of May
May the Divine light our way~


pours light
into every cup,
quenching darkness.

The proudly pious
stuff their cups with parchment
and critique the taste of ink

while God pours light

and the trees lift their limbs
without worry of redemption,
every blossom a chalice.

Hafiz, seduce those withered souls
with words that wet their parched lips

as light
pours like rain
into every empty cup
set adrift on the Infinite Ocean.

~ Hafiz ~
(Interpretive version of Ghazal 11 by Jose Orez)


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FRANCESCANAZ 4/15/2012 5:39PM

    Tenga una semana super buena amiga! Te amo mucho, Francesca

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PEACEFULONE 4/15/2012 2:47PM

    Wow, that's quite a schedule! Know that you are up to it and will get it all done! Wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing and for being such an inspiration. Remember to breathe and all will be fine.

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SUE_2U 4/15/2012 5:46AM

    So beautiful. My husband used to quote Hafiz to me. In Farsi. Beautiful even when one isn't sure what the words mean, but to me a bit more beautiful when I do. Thank you.

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Beautiful. Thanks Maha!
You are sure leading a busy life. You go girl emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/13/2012 10:58PM

    emoticonWOW...Maha, you have got it going on girlfriend!! emoticon

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DDOORN 4/13/2012 10:53PM

    Wow! What an agenda you have for the weeks ahead!

Paying close attention to taking care of yourself will most definitely pay off bigtime!

Looking forward to hearing how it all goes, especially your travels!


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DOKEYOKEY 4/13/2012 10:30PM

    I wish you stamina and focus! And some FUN, too!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/13/2012 9:56PM

    Enjoy every single moment of your wonderful life!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/13/2012 8:38PM

    Ahh yes, I see you are quite busy.....but it looks like good , meaningful busy.

Enjoy and remember to take time out, to relax, eat well, and move!

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CARRAND 4/13/2012 8:31PM

    Love the Hafiz! I just bought a book of poetry based on his poems, and I'm enjoying it very much.

Best wishes on your travels.

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    good luck beautiful!

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KALIGIRL 4/13/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon for pouring light into our days and enjoy the rest of your incredible April journey.
Namaste my friend.

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FRECKS96 4/13/2012 11:31AM

    Good Luck Maha!! Definitely a lot to accomplish but it sounds like there is some fun mixed in. Enjoy those parts to their fullest.

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DARKTHOR 4/13/2012 11:25AM

    Wow, that is busy, busy, busy! Enjoy yourself, take time to breathe and take in the beauty around you. Much love sent your way.

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SLASALLE 4/13/2012 11:17AM

    You can do it!!!! I know this ... !!!! Remember, break things down into smaller pieces so as to not get overwhelmed (with a very overwhelming schedule that would do it to anybody!!!!)

If you've got any time for a catchup chat before your departure Monday, let me know. I'm around most of the weekend, just still trying to take it easy.

Remember, your treat for getting everything else done is your wonderful trip to the ashram. Keep that in your sights ...

With love,

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 10:58AM

    Wow! On your mark, get set, GO! That is quite the schedule. You will feel so good to have all those accomplishments when May rolls around. Will be thinking of you and sending you energy to help meet all your objectives. May you stay balanced and focussed. CJ

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DMPRIDER 4/13/2012 10:25AM

    Best of luck with all of it! And safe travels!

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IMKFOX 4/13/2012 10:23AM

    Take care of yourself and focus on the individual steps you need to take to make it through the next couple weeks successfully. Can't wait to hear the stories you'll have at the end of your trip!

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DAISY443 4/13/2012 10:20AM

    Safe travels to a busy lady! I wish you luck in your endeavors!

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FLORIDASUN 4/13/2012 10:14AM

    Ahhhh big breathe...and a HUGE God bless to you beautiful friend. Believe in all your glory and strength...this IS a very busy period for you. You will get through it in the same marvelous way that you tackle everything in your world...and once on the other side...will marvel at the miracle that you are!

I'm cheering you on and sending some brilliant FL sunshine to light your way. Rest up, eat well, and know that you CAN do this!

Hugs, hugs, and MORE hugs!

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A dose of Mary Oliver to lift you up!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tell me --

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

The North American Robin,
a migratory songbird of the thrush family


It was spring
and finally I heard him
among the first leaves -
then I saw him clutching the limb

in an island of shade
with his red-brown feathers
all trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still

and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness -
and that's when it happened,

when I seemed to float,
to be, myself, a wing or a tree -
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying,

and the sands in the glass
for a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward

like rain, rising,
and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing -
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed

not a single thrush, but himself, and all his brothers,
and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfectly blue sky - all, all of them

were singing.
And, of course, yes, so it seemed,
so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn't last

for more than a few moments.
It's one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,

is that, once you've been there,
you're there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning?

Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays)

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CRYSTALJEM 4/13/2012 11:01AM

    I feel so calm and peaceful! emoticon

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JESPAH 4/13/2012 10:02AM

    Sweet! :)

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    So lovely; thank you emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/12/2012 3:28PM

    Gracias mi hermana Maha. Siempre haces mis dias mas felices! Besos, Francesca

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EARTHSEAME 4/12/2012 12:35PM

    Mary Oliver and YOU rock my world! Thanks for posting this loveliness.

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    emoticon emoticon Thanks Maha! You always inspire me to look at the beauty that surrounds me. Maria


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ABURRIS2 4/12/2012 11:06AM

    It is morning and "open the door and fly on your heavy feet" is an image among many to remember.

my thanks

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DDOORN 4/12/2012 10:23AM

    This captures the feeling I often have when I "fly" out my front door on my bike! :-)

Thank you 'Maha and Ms. Oliver:


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SLIMMERJESSE 4/12/2012 10:05AM

    Lovely! Thank you.

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KALIGIRL 4/12/2012 8:40AM

    It is spring!
Here's to each new morning.
Namaste my friend

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SUE_2U 4/12/2012 1:36AM

    How beautiful, Valerie! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/11/2012 7:52PM

    I love poems, I love robin's and I love you Maha!! emoticon

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CARRAND 4/11/2012 7:05PM

    What a wonderful poem.

I had my first meditation class last night and during my first attempt at meditating I saw birds - bright tropical birds. i wonder what that means?

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_RAMONA 4/11/2012 6:19PM

    Ah, Maha! The Divine Miss O and I stood in the bathroom this morning listenting to the trills dancing in the window we left open inviting in the Spring! It blessed and lightened us beyond words I thought... but I hadn't considered Mary... and YOU! THANK YOU, Beautiful! I so appreciate your uplifting words (and visit) of late!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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    love it :)

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