Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark Nepo~ Inside Out

Inside Out 
I was taken aback, when 
joining a fitness club, at 
the history of my body: a 
rib removed, torn ligaments 
in an ankle, torn muscle in a 
knee, torn meniscus in the 
other, arthritic thumbs, a 
skull bone worn thin 
by a tumor. 

At first, I felt battered, 
but smiled to realize that 
I stand like a small cliff 
worn full of holes in which 
stray birds nest and I wake 
with the dreams they have 
while resting in me. 

Each question carried 
for a lifetime opens 
like a hole worn in stone 
through which the wind 
finally sings. 

A Question to Walk With: Begin to describe 
the history of your own body and how life 
has shaped you. 

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