Tag Archives: shortness of life

Not ready for stars

National Poetry Month, Day 10  //  Many of the poems that draw me are about journey rather than destination – about the way I move through life, or intend to move, rather than where I hope to arrive. I’ve always been a wanderer, finding home in the journey and relishing Tolkien’s notion that “Not all […]

The journey is our home

National Poetry Month, Day 8  //  There’s a line in an old railroad song, “Isn’t it the going and not the getting there.” Anyone who has ridden on old steam-driven train will appreciate that reaching the destination is an anticlimax; the joy and adventure are in the journey. And in yesterday’s poem, “Ithaca,” Constantine Cavafy […]

On bearing fruit for God

Are you happy? The likelihood that you are is decreasing every year. According to a United Nations report released Wednesday, Americans are only the nineteenth happiest people in the world, a position that has declined steadily for the last three years. The ranking was based on six key variables: gross domestic product per capita, social […]

Mary’s question

Mary Oliver’s question keeps returning. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?” Like the question from Thomas Merton, “If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live or what I like to eat or how I comb my hair, but ask me […]