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Listen to things more often than beings.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I am deeply comforted by this profound poem. I find it inspiring as I become more intricately involved in the planning for my May 24 departure.
(More on The Trip will be forthcoming!)


Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:
This is the ancestors breathing.
Those who are dead are never gone;
The dead are not down in the earth:
They are in the trembling of the trees,
In the groaning of the woods,
In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,
They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.
Those who are dead are not ever gone;
They are in the woman's breast, they are in the wailing of a child,
They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.
They are in the weeping grasses, in the forest and the home.
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of fire, hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush.
This is the ancestors breathing.

-- Traditional from Senegal, translator unknown

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUST_BREATHE08 5/27/2014 10:39PM

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MTRACHEL 5/16/2014 10:37PM

    Oh yes, and just what I needed to read right now. I am learning to live with the different forms that my dear friends have taken, recognizing the transient nature of all things.

Thanks always for your words. Safe travels.

the stuff we're made of
is strong and resilient,
soft and malleable.

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HIPPICHICK1 5/8/2014 8:58AM


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MAW_OH 4/29/2014 9:35AM

    Thank you! Can't wait to hear about your trip.

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NONIE_C 4/28/2014 9:58PM

    So beautiful. So true. Thank you. emoticon

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    Ah, that hits home right now.

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DAISY443 4/24/2014 10:33AM

    Lovely, thank you!

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GOANNA2 4/24/2014 8:46AM

    That is so beautiful Maha. Thank you for sharing.
Where are you off to this time? Enjoy...

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KALIGIRL 4/24/2014 8:35AM

    Wonderful emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 4/24/2014 1:00AM

    Really beautiful. Hope your trip is wonderful.

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SNOWYOGA 4/23/2014 11:11PM

    Amazing! and can't wait to hear more about your trip too

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DDOORN 4/23/2014 10:42PM

    Thank you for such a beautiful reminder of such essentials which all too easily become ephemeral, intangible in today's world...

Returning to your family of the South? I'm smiling already for you...


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WATERMELLEN 4/23/2014 6:12PM

    I do love the sound of "things" in nature -- the sea, the wind in the trees, the birds . . . all so simple.

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EXOTEC 4/23/2014 5:49PM

    We have lost so much. Civilization has its definite drawbacks, although I wouldn't say it's all that way.

I love the Native American way of life, too. Respect, and awe, and gratitude. And the most wonderful thing of all: we are part and parcel of it. It isn't "for" us, nor us "for" it. We are simply a bit of chaff in the wind... and this sustains me.

Thank you for a beautiful reminder!

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EMPRESSAMQ 4/23/2014 5:44PM

    So beautiful, thank you for posting.

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