Sunday, December 11, 2011

falling behind the horizon

my heart

i ask it to be so strong and so brave
i ask it to give so very much
and especially i ask it to be patient and understanding

ever since i was a child,
my heart has always been so very open
always letting everything and everyone in

the wind, the sky, the trees, the little animals
running in and out alongside those who gathered and gather to know its love
- honest and without condition -

this evening as i write
i find the eyes of my heart caught in the spaces between these branches
letting in the faint distant loving light of the sun

i miss its fullness
so thoroughly


erin said...

just reading rilke last night:

And so it is that most people have no idea how beautiful the world is and how much magnificence is reveal in the tiniest things, in some flower, in a stone, in tree bark, or in a birch leaf. The grown-ups, going about their business and worries, and tormenting themselves with all kinds of details, gradually lose the perspective for these riches that children, when they are attentive and good, soon notice and love with their whole heart. And yet the greatest beauty would be achieved if everyone remained in this regard always like attentive and good children, simple and pious in sensitivities, and if people did not lose the capacity for taking pleasure as intensely in a birch leaf or a peacock’s feather or the wing of a hooded crow as in a mighty mountain or a splendid palace. What is small is not small in itself, just as that which is great is not—great. A great and eternal beauty passes through the whole world, and it is distributed fairly over that which is small and that which is large; for in such important and essential matters, no injustice is to be found on earth.


Reya Mellicker said...

Good morning, Steven.

This is very beautiful, of course.

How wonderful that the space between the branches reminded you of your open, beautiful heart, so full and so empty, just as it should be.

Much whole-hearted love to you today.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I thinkm steven, we are lucky if we are one of those mortals who feels like this. We get so much more from life y appreciating every little thing nature has to offer.

Valerianna said...

Oh, and I know this so well.... beautiful. What I know, too, is how when we walk through the world with such open hearts, we risk so much - but how could we be any other way?