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in flawed abundance (poem)

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Stripped of causes and plans
and things to strive for,
I have discovered everything
I could need or ask for
is right here—
in flawed abundance.

We cannot eliminate hunger,
but we can feed each other.
We cannot eliminate loneliness,
but we can hold each other.
We cannot eliminate pain,
but we can live a life
of compassion.

we are small living things
awakened in the stream,
not gods who carve out rivers.

Like human fish,
we are asked to experience
meaning in the life that moves
through the gill of our heart.


poem: excerpted from “Accepting This” © Mark Nepo; retrieved from image: “Boulder Wrapped in Poppy Petals” © Andy Goldsworthy.


2 responses »

  1. Beautifully said….gets to the heart of what is important in life….not all our causes or busyness…..

  2. would you say more, dawne. what causes? how does the poet speak to (and for) you?


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