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January 17, 2021

Time for Serenity, Anyone?

Time for Serenity, Anyone?
by William Stafford


I like to live in the sound of water,
in the feel of mountain air. A sharp
reminder hits me: this world still is alive;
it stretches out there shivering toward its own
creation, and I'm part of it. Even my breathing
enters into the elaborate give-and-take,
this bowing to sun and moon, day or night,
winter, summer, storm, still—this tranquil
chaos that seems to be going somewhere.
This wilderness with a great peacefulness in it.
This motionless turmoil, this everything dance.

18 comments:

  1. Nothing more peaceful than alone time with the ocean.

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    1. I agree, Diane. I especially love it on a sunny day, but foggy days are nice, too.

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  2. Perfect! Thanks for posting. :)

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  3. I wonder if this is a brand new poem, or if it is older and just coincidental. It is beautiful

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    1. It looks like it is from Even In Quiet Places (1996), although Stafford died in 1993.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and image. It's exactly what I need right now (and if I can be so bold as to speak for our world, it's what we all need).

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    1. You're welcome, Laurel. I love it when a poem speaks to me on such a personal level.

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  5. What a wonderful last line!

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    1. I agree, Jenclair! It's a perfect poem for these uncertain times.

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  6. Beautiful words and photography! I need to add this poem to my journal.

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    1. Thanks, Iliana. The photo is of the view I see on my daily walks! Glad you enjoyed the poem. I'd like to find more by Stafford.

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  7. Yes, gorgeous picture and poem fits well. I need some Serenity!

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    1. We are long overdue for some serenity, aren't we, Susan?

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