A Need to Kneel

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I know this happiness
is provisional:

the looming presences –
great suffering, great fear –

withdraw only
into peripheral vision:

but ineluctable this shimmering
of wind in the blue leaves:

this flood of stillness
widening the lake of sky:

this need to dance,
this need to kneel:

this mystery:
~Denise Levertov “Of Being” from The Stream and the Sapphire

 

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Last night the sky was dancing;
waves and sweeps and swoops of clouds feathering the horizon.

I am mere audience, not dancer,
too weak in the knees to do anything but kneel in witness,
knowing that fear and suffering lies beyond this hill
and how much I don’t understand of what has been
and what is to come.

Even so
even so
I was happy the sky was dancing amid
the mystery.

 

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4 thoughts on “A Need to Kneel

  1. The pics of the ‘dancing skies’ shown here with the lone ‘sentry’ are mesmerizing.
    Have never seen skies quite like that. How fortunate you are, dear Emily,
    that you live in the wide open uncluttered spaces, devoid of toxic, obscuring air pollution, where you can enjoy such
    ‘unearthly’ beauty. Thank you for sharing what you observe every day and for your talent that makes it possible.

    Liked by 1 person

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