Looking at Things a Long Time

Out there in the woods and along the road are all sorts of books: anthologies

of trees, biographies of brooks, poems

by bees, novels in glaciers. Just look

around carefully, thinking about whatever your

gaze rests on. Notice that turn in the road

to which quite a few pages could be given.

Consider your own story, how you arrived

where you are. Think: what might be called

a dire imposition on your life actually

brought you down this path to where we

meet in a sparkling friendship. Explain that.

You've traveled roads you would never have chosen

and they've taken you nearer to what you deeply are

even though there were many strange

stopping places along the way. Don't look back.

There are turns we take away from the familiar

that would surprise a lot of people, until we

find ourselves finally again on the old street

gladly lending a hand or telling a story. We see

our own names written in other lives and find out

each day how to care more. We discover that people

listen better when we're often silent

and pondering, looking at things a long time.

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