Adrift – Mark Nepo

‘Everything is beautiful and I am so sad.
This is how the heart makes a duet of
wonder and grief. The light spraying
through the lace of the fern is as delicate
as the fibers of memory forming their web
around the knot in my throat. The breeze
makes the birds move from branch to branch
as this ache makes me look for those I’ve lost
in the next room, in the next song, in the laugh
of the next stranger. In the very center, under
it all, what we have that no one can take
away and all that we’ve lost face each other.
It is there that I’m adrift, feeling punctured
by a holiness that exists inside everything.
I am so sad and everything is beautiful.’

Mark Nepo  

Here’s the link to Mark’s site where he says something about the context for this poem. It appears in his wonderful book ‘Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering and Approaching Wholeness’. Here’s the link:-

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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