DEDICATIONS, PLEDGES, COMMITMENTS. For the past. For my own path. For surprises. For mistakes that worked so well. For tomorrow if I'm there. For the next real thing. Then for carrying it all through whatever is necessary. For following the little god who speaks only to me. --William Stafford

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Don't ask, "Are you afraid?"--
everyone is afraid. Ask, Where
can we find to run?"

-William Stafford
More than Words Can Tell

"Where to run?" Stuck here
in our five-dimensional lives

enfolded in a multi-dimensional universe
we run, eat, sleep, make love,

and wonder. We lie in our beds
and watch the light creep in

illuminating cracks on the walls and the
maculate ceilings as continents, faces,

emblems, and chronicles, interpreting them
as Signs. We hear dogs barking,

touch one another, cry, say goodbye, run, pray,
write poems, ask questions, make lists,

and run, as if any of these things might suggest
true exploration of what really is,
as if they might be messages
from some far star

that will help us understand Where?
And Why?

1 comment:

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Great questions! I love the way you incorporated them into a list poem. Happy New Year!

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