Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Day 732: Starfish


Fascinating creatures aren't they?


Starfish - Mary Oliver

In the sea rocks,
in the stone pockets
under the tide’s lip,
in water dense as blindness

they slid
like sponges,
like too many thumbs.
I knew this, and what I wanted 

was to draw my hands back
from the water – what I wanted
was to be willing
to be afraid.

But I stayed there,
I crouched on the stone wall
while the sea poured its harsh song
through the sluices,

while I waited for the gritty lightning
of their touch, while I stared
down through the tide’s leaving
where sometimes I could see them –

their stubborn flesh
lounging on my knuckles.
What good does it do
to lie all day in the sun

loving what is easy?
It never grew easy,
but at last I grew peaceful:
all summer

my fear diminished
as they bloomed through the water
like flowers, like flecks
of an uncertain dream,

while I lay on the rocks, reaching
into the darkness, learning
little by little to love
our only world.


1 comment:

  1. Do one thing every day that scares you. Our deepest fear is not that we are
    inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
    See the link below for more info.

    #fear
    www.ufgop.org

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