Saturday, June 27, 2015

NO TURNING BACK




On the path of transformation
there is no turning back :
autumn turns to winter,
middle-aged to old,
every step and every moment
moving us forward.

We carry nostalgia
for the times that are no more,
resistance to the speed
rushing us through
our shortening days.

The secret is to let go 
like the last leaf
on the fat old oak
and drift dreamily through 
the present moment,

Knowing that above all, 
around all, 
beyond all,
all is as it is meant to be.
We wander through our days
wrapped all in beauty.

The moon will be waxing 
half-full tonight.
Listen for Wild Woman's howl.


One from 2011 today, kids. Posting it for Poets United's Poetry Pantry tomorrow morning Check it out for a lot of good reading. Am busy with my granddaughter's wedding, which is going to be magical and wonderful. Will take lots of photos to share with you.

40 comments:

  1. Your picture tells us you don't waste much time drifting--OOOOOOOOOOOOWHOOO!

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  2. Yes, Sherry. Life is about moving forward and it's no stopping it. I wonder what the future will be but I'm excited to see what's in store for me.

    I really like the image of the last leaf on the oak :)

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  3. Yes, all is as it is meant to be. Sometimes we have to keep repeating that to ourselves over and over. But really, there is so much beauty everywhere.

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  4. When we stop trying to control life, and just let it be - it will be. Looking for the beauty in (the) every day.

    Howl on wild woman.

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  5. Even if we fill all our hours we will still would not do all we would wish. What beautiful treasures you continue to reveal for us.

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  6. all is as it is meant to be.
    We wander through our days
    wrapped all in beauty.

    Such positive inclinations will bring lots of success. Best wishes for your preparations on the wedding Mary!

    Hank

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  7. OWooooOOOOO! It is much more pleasant riding the currents than trying to stop transforming. I want to experience it all. One of the beautiful things about aging is the writing, especiallythis poem!

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  8. such a heartfelt poem of acceptance...we need to learn in our troubled hours that "all is as it is meant to be"....

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  9. Yet another which I absolutely resonate with, love and admire. Though we are at a place of shortening days, it means we have lived long, rich lives. :-)

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  10. I loved the second stanza.. there are times when we feel a rush of nostalgia and wish for time to stand still so as to enjoy all the moments passing us by.. beautifully captured!

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  11. Letting go is perhaps the hardest but most vital part of transformation - that arm in the air is like shifting that 'thing' up up and away...also love the fat old oak...sounds like the kind of tree which would hug you! xo

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  12. I so love this.. So much wisdom - we can only walk forward. There is only one way really.

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  13. Go with the flow. Especially if the flow is Earl Grey Tea.

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  14. beautiful.. let it be, just as it is it's the way it's suppose to be.

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  15. I love this picture of you on the beach, pointing the way ahead! The words are so very inspiring too.

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  16. I will Sherry ~ letting go and being immersed in the present is a good advice ~ Enjoy the family wedding ~

    Grace

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  17. Your depiction of the secret is STELLAR :-) Enjoy your granddaughter's wedding!!

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  18. This poem is so mystical and beutiful it's worth repeating many times. I know how hectic a wedding can be. But it's always lots of fun. I hope you have a great time and send my best wishes to the special couple.

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  19. This is a FAV for sure! Wonderful!

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  20. wow! Very nice. Sorry for my absence; Some days are better than others...
    ZQ

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  21. Such a lucky granddaughter...and a wise grandmother....your words resonating so strongly with me Sherry as I drift in and out of the moments of my day savoring the transition of my life...each day changes occurring.

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  22. Lovely. You have a gift, Sherry, for sharing sage, beautifully rendered introspections, infused with your inimitable talent for the turn-of-a-phase: "The secret is to let go like the last leaf on the fat old oak and drift dreamily ... " And - just like that - you've turned up the corners of my mouth, once again. WONDERFUL!

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  23. Ah to let go and drift ... Just glanced up at Wendy's comment which went precisely where I was going... I am listening - always listening for that saged sacred howl <3

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  24. transformation requires us to let go so we can grow..enjoying the moments of life can bring great joy.

    I am sure the wedding will be magical and filled with love.

    Let your inner spirit howl..smiling..

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  25. Inspiring... to live in the present and let the transformation happen.

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  26. Oh, your words gave me goose-bumps!! I loved this so much! I believe in these words, Sherry :) I loved the lines:

    'The secret is to let go
    like the last leaf
    on the fat old oak
    and drift dreamily through
    the present moment'

    There's just something about that old oak that makes me smile :)


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  27. No do-overs...sometimes, that can be hard to drift dreamily through.

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  28. First of all many congratulations on your granddaughter's wedding! :) I wish her the best in life.... I am at a point in my life where I have to let to go of things that are so dear to me and move forward. Your write resonates so well with me, it gives me hopes.. there will be something good ahead. Thank you for sharing Sherry.

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  29. A beautiful piece on transitions.

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  30. I loved this whole piece, but the last line was a true gem!

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  31. I thought that was a lovely read. And congrats on the wedding!

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  32. Sherry,

    Life is indeed a one-way journey, no returning the path troden. Enjoy the passage of time and make of it the very best!
    Hope you had a fun day at your granddaughter's wedding Sherry. Many new memories there too,
    Eileen

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  33. Oh sweet poem andquite recently I came across this new moon word 'selenophilia'

    Much love..

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  34. The poignant post allows us to revisit the truth of life. The word-play brings out this essence in such a moving way....Awesomely put!

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  35. Even if it was possible to turn back - it would be a different experience 'cause we can't enter the same water twice. ~ love the poem, sounds as written today, to happy transition!!

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  36. A very meaningful and beautiful one...
    I hope you had a great fun in the wedding! Praying for her happiness :)

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