“Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is yours alone to sing
falls into your open cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world so worthy of rescue.”

-“Clearing,” by Martha Postlethwaite

30 thoughts on “

    • Chel Owens September 6, 2021 / 12:08 pm

      Ha ha! I hadn’t even realized this is when I thought to come back, but this quote is just what I needed.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Denny K September 6, 2021 / 12:33 pm

    It is great to hear from you. I guess summer is over.


  2. Michael B. Fishman September 6, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    It’s an interesting quote and I like it. It’s comforting to believe that it’s ok to wait until something approaches us. And that we might not know what the something is or why it’s approached us.\

    The quote reminds me of the lyrics to the Grateful Dead song, Box of Rain:

    “Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
    If your cup is full may it be again
    Let it be known there is a fountain
    That was not made by the hands of men

    There is a road, no simple highway
    Between the dawn and the dark of night
    And if you go no one may follow
    That path is for your steps alone”

    Good to see a post from you and I hope you’re all doing well.

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      • Michael B. Fishman September 6, 2021 / 5:12 pm

        (I gave the wrong name. It’s Ripple. Blame it on COVID stress). I’m going to try and work on your poem challenge.

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    • Chel Owens September 6, 2021 / 1:22 pm

      Unintentional thanks to scheduling ahead, but I’m happily surprised as well!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. pkadams September 6, 2021 / 1:08 pm

    Girl , we have been through a major trial . Glad to see your friendly name in the reader feed . I meant to text you , but it’s been non-stop . Maybe we already talked and I just forgot . Either way , how are you doing?!

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    • Chel Owens September 6, 2021 / 1:24 pm

      😀 You can text me anytime. I have many people I’ve forgotten to check in with; just been busy with what brain pregnancy has left me with!!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Nope, Not Pam September 6, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    Hey Chelsea, that says it all, doesn’t it. Remember there’s always a little light up ahead 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. petespringerauthor September 6, 2021 / 5:06 pm

    I’m not typically a poetry guy, but that is an amazing piece of writing.

    Does this mean you’re coming out of blogging hibernation? Just teasing—hope all has gone well with your pregnancy.

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    • Chel Owens September 6, 2021 / 10:32 pm

      I’m yawning and stretching…. 😉

      I loved this piece as well.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Chel Owens September 6, 2021 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks!! I love hearing from everyone.


  6. willowdot21 September 8, 2021 / 6:59 am

    Amen, amen, aamen! This is beautiful.
    How are you girl, how is the pregnancy going…..any sign of those feet 🙂💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chel Owens September 8, 2021 / 6:25 pm

      Hi, Willow! I love the quote as well. ❤

      I’m still pregnant and expect i won’t even see my toes for months yet!


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