Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Here I Am

I am avoiding writing.

I am avoiding writing because there are things going on that I do not want to write about. It involves the story I never wanted to tell, the story that lies so far behind me I often convince myself that I've outrun it.

Even Max noticed and mentioned at breakfast that I don't seem to be doing much writing.

And then this morning, this from Mary Oliver's book, Dream Work.

You don’t want to hear the story
of my life, and anyway
I don’t want to tell it, I want to listen

to the enormous waterfalls of the sun.

And anyway it’s the same old story - - -
a few people just trying,
one way or another,
to survive.

Mostly, I want to be kind.
And nobody, of course, is kind,
or mean,
for a simple reason.

And nobody gets out of it, having to
swim through the fires to stay in
this world.
So, I'm still here, walking around with a pen in my hand, avoiding paper.


  1. Beautiful poem. I send you light while you're deciding what stories you want/need to tell.

  2. I just read an interview with Mary Oliver in O Magazine---I think it was with Maria Shriver. She is one of my favorite poets...thanks for sharing.

  3. i hate how it feels when it bubbles up

  4. I'm sure we'll all see you (at least virtually) on the other side of whatever's going on. Take care!

  5. Christy (Boots) BenoitMarch 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    We should collaborate......it would dilute the unpleasantness sweet sister!!

  6. Yes, I'm feeling for you...felt it too...not easy--but once across the river, oh how good it feels...