Pause here in this place


Pause in this place.
Yes, look around,
what do you notice?

Listen for the heartbeats
of those close by,
flow with their breath.

Sense with their eyes,
tune into their ears,
know with their soul.

Who are these
we walk on by,
whose air we share?

Pause in this place.
We don’t need
to be elsewhere.

We are needed here.
Doing what we can
with what we have.

+ Sue Heatherington

Marking the day that was yesterday and being conscious of place, Wendell Berry inspired me, and I returned to Rick Rubin yet again:

There is a day
when the road neither
comes nor goes, and the way
is not a way but a place.

+ Wendell Berry, poem 1977, VII; from ‘Sabbath Poems’

Do what you can
with what you have.
Nothing more is needed.

+ Rick Rubin, from ‘The Creative Act: A Way of Being’, Cannongate, 2023

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿