Sunday, February 6, 2011

Moon and Water

I wake and spend
the last hours
of darkness
with  no one

but the moon.
She listens
to my complaints
like the good

companion she is
and comforts me surely
with her light.
But she, like everyone,

has her own life.
So finally I understand
that she has turned away,
is no longer listening.

She wants me
to refold myself
into my own life.
And, bending close,

as we all dream of doing,
she rows with her white arms
through the dark water
which she adores.

I awoke this  morning several hours away from sunrise into the darkness. There is no moon in this predawn time for she hasn't risen yet. When she does, I still won't be able to see her through the horizon's cloud covers.  The sun might also not shine.  To whom shall I complain then?

Burrowing under my own covers I look out onto the woods and see faint shadows and hear a far off barred owl echoing my own lament

which is that I have ever wasted one moment

not being a good companion
not adoring the world
not grateful for this day, though it seems gray at its inception
not bending close to hear the smallest whisper

of my heart, of yours, of the earth's.

What are your complaints today?


  1. I am worried about the barred owl, and I am thinking I should offer up my home for refuge and rest as needed. I just read a news brief in the newspaper saying that some federal branch of the govt is considering taking exterminative action against barred owls in Portland. Supposedly to protect the spotted owl.

  2. This is such a beautiful poem...Mary Oliver would love it. I love it and I really enjoy your approach for inspiration - rising to meditate and work with a poem a day from Mary...I really like that and I may do this sometime soon...set a poem a day challenge for myself, (and others, if they're interested). Thank you for what you do in the world - you're a Light! :)

  3. Just stumbled on this LoraKim while searching for some poetry my Mary Oliver to use in our Water Communion on Sunday. You are so productive! and this is beautiful. I want to take the time to read more of them.