Monday, January 16, 2012

our second beating hearts (the second week)

The only way to be a poet is to write. The only way to know good words is to find them, and use them, and love them. So I'm starting a series here on Mondays, where I share some of the good words I've found throughout the week, and I share my scribbles, too. Together, we write the contours of our second beating hearts.

Good words I've read:

Emily at Chatting at the Sky (from over at incourage): For When Your Future Keeps Changing
Preston at See Preston Blog: Back to Manna
Kate at The Sexy Celibate: What Single People Wish Married People Knew
Chris at From the Smallest: Beauteous Buteo / Why I Love Poetry
Anna at Goannatree: A naked theologian
Joy at Joy in this Journey: I'm in a hopeless place but...

A poem to hear sounding through your week:

The Widening Sky
Edward Hirsch

I am so small walking on the beach
at night under the widening sky.
The wet sand quickens beneath my feet
and the waves thunder against the shore.

I am moving away from the boardwalk
with its colorful streamers of people
and the hotels with their blinking lights.
The wind sighs for hundreds of miles.

I am disappearing so far into the dark
I have vanished from sight.
I am a tiny seashell
that has secretly drifted ashore

and carries the sound of the ocean
surging through its body.
I am so small now no one can see me.
How can I be filled with such a vast love?

And a poem from me:

The Road to Nowhere

The ancient birches wave.
Shadows fall across the ground,
venetian blinds in a big, white room.

They've seen it before.
The sky is cold, scraped by branches.
Just a thousand years ahead of here, it turns blue.

This is the road frosted, well-traveled.
The horizon doesn't want us,
so it keeps moving.

It edges nearer the endless.
Our footprints and tire tracks plow
the way, red faces stroked by fading light.



  1. Thanks so much for including me, hiliary! i like your 'road to nowhere' - very evocative.

  2.  Lovely idea to find and share poetry each week! Thank you for including me. Your poem painted a picture -- love the line "the horizon doesn't want us."

  3. Thank you, Joy! I love sharing the words I find from others. Your words really touched me this week. 

  4. Thank you, Anna! I was looking at a picture of a road covered in snow, and it just seemed like the title jumped out at me! I'm glad I get to read your good words.

  5. Hilary, I love this. Sweet words, written beautifully! I also share the best of what I've read each week -- so many writers post fantastic things each week, it's too hard not to share!

  6. Thank you, Sarah! I love sharing what I've read too. It is too hard not to share - I just never feel like there will be enough space to share it all! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!

  7. Thank you, Preston. 


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