Start now

Starting here, what do you want to remember?…
Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this 
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

William Stafford, You Reading this, Be Ready (extract)

Walking in nature

Rumi advised me to keep my spirit
up in the branches of a tree and not peek
out too far, so I keep mine in the very tall
willows along the irrigation ditch out back,
a safe place to remain unspoiled by the filthy
culture of greed and murder of the spirit.
People forget their spirits easily suffocate
so they must keep them far up in tree
branches where they can be summoned any moment.
It’s better if you’re outside as it’s hard for spirits
to get into houses or buildings or airplanes.

Jim Harrison, 1937 – 2016), American poet, novelist, and essayist, Dead Man’s Float

Another moment, another chance

 I know now, 
after fifty years, 
that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, 
leaving/returning, never stops.
The whole of life is about another chance

Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you Could Be Normal?