While watching and waiting, surrounded by life

Sitting on the large, shaped stones at the top of the lake, watching the dragonfly darting across the water. Hoping that it might land near me, close enough to get a shot.

Busy about its endeavours, not prone to linger. Its short life is filled with glorious intentions.

It did not stop.

At least not near me.

Yet, sitting surrounded by the flow of water and life is a good place to be. It is a reminder that there are things we cannot control and shouldn’t even try.

Instead, we can sense the pulse of wild hope and choose to enter its rhythm. Letting it shape our sense of who we are and why we are here.

Because it’s not all about us.

Go gently and tread lightly with wisdom, wild hope and grace.

Pause. See differently. Re-story…

This week

Poems and perspectives…

A few good words

The Invitation of Wild Hope is the latest episode of the Be More Poet podcast, which explores a way of seeing in a few good words. It was published yesterday. It is another short reflection from the valley based on a poem I wrote in early February. You can find it on my website or wherever you listen to podcasts. I hope you enjoy it and might consider sharing it with others and posting a review.

For a longer treat for your ears and soul, the poet, essayist, teacher and passionate community gardener Ross Gay was in conversation with Krista Tippett for the On Being Podcast last week. On the Insistence of Joy is a replay of their 2019 conversation, and it is glorious!