Letting Your Life Sing

A morning thought from William Stafford in Dancing with Joy 

Cutting Loose

At sight of angels or anything unusual you are...

At sight of angels or anything unusual you are to mark the spot with a cross. Quote from poet William Stafford. (Photo credit: tpoling)

“Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason,
you sing. For no reason, you accept
the way of being lost, cutting loose from
all else and electing a world
where you go where you want to.

Arbitrary, sound comes, a reminder
that a steady center is holding
all else. If you listen, that sound
will tell where it is, and you
can slide your way past trouble.

Certain twisted monsters
always bar the path—but that’s when
you get going best, glad to be
lost, learning how real it is
here on the earth, again and again.”

Blessings on your day! Wishing you a steady center and at least a blink of time when your life sings.

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2 Responses to Letting Your Life Sing

  1. Beautifully said, Ruth. Listening for and to “the sound” is what the spiritual journey is all about. I’m glad you are sliding past the monsters.

  2. Ruth Evenhouse says:

    A steady center DOES hold; Again and again I find I’m able to “slide my way past” all sorts “of trouble”, but only when “listening”. Listening for “the sound” or sounds, however they may come, takes practice, training. So, a thank you to William Stafford for help with the listening and with cutting loose; and thank you, Karen, for the blessings of many joyful blinks, despite life’s monsters.

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