I Keep Looking Within

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Dawn comes later and later now,
and I, who only a month ago
could sit with coffee every morning
watching the light walk down the hill
to the edge of the pond and place
a doe there, shyly drinking,

then see the light step out upon
the water, sowing reflections
to either side — a garden
of trees that grew as if by magic —
now see no more than my face,
mirrored by darkness, pale and odd,

startled by time. While I slept,
night in its thick winder jacket
bridled the doe with a twist
of wet leaves and led her away,
then brought its black horse with harness
that creaked like a cricket, and turned

the water garden under. I woke,
and at the waiting window found
the curtains open to my open face;
beyond me, darkness. And I,
who only wished to keep looking out,
must now keep looking in.
~Ted Kooser “A Letter in October”

 

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God knows I miss the light
these autumn mornings,
especially when a storm blows
wet and wild in the dark
beyond the window pane.
I can only see myself
peering into the darkness;
I want to look beyond me.

God knows I need the light.

 

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3 thoughts on “I Keep Looking Within

  1. Emily. I so enjoy these personal reflections and your photographs are inspiring. Especially today’s photo from inside looking out at the rain.
    Thank you.

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  2. Barnstorming, another good one!  The photos combined with poetry is a winning combination!  Thanks!  Bob Keener

    Bob Keener 5207 Heisey Rd Shippensburg, PA 17257 717-532-9723 (home) 717-658-8765 (cell) “Pay attention – Be astonished – Tell about it”  – Mary Oliver

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