I go to nature not because
its flowers and sunsets speak
to me (though they do) or
listen to me inquire but
because I have filled it with
unintentionality, so that I
can miss anything personal in
the roar of sunset, so that
I can in beds of flowers hold
my head up too.
~A.R. Ammons from The Ridge Farm from Complete Poems
Take the tangle instead of the trouble it causes.
Take the world inside
as seriously as any other.
Take your elderly mother and father
at face value as they have to.
Take the mirror of the sky
mirrored in the bay.
Take the swell of new-mown hay
and the river conversing
where the valley opens its mouth
and the land begins to creak less
as the evening steals light away—
Take the wick in the far hills
and take the sun and the wind
and the look of nothing for granted.
Take a little less, all right
and try not to take fright.
Take the end in mind
instead of the end in sight.
~Brian Turner “Take This” from Taking Off
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
~Rainer Maria Rilke from The Book of Hours
Each of us,
intentionally made by our Creator
in His image,
yet we discover the beauty and terror of living
in His shadow.
So much happens which we don’t intend
but there is nothing unintentional with God.
Books and lectures tell us to live intentionally
while each day contains something that
brings us to our knees.
I tell myself:
even though I don’t know what tomorrow will be,
I will not take fright
and hold my head up
I’ll just keep going
while taking His Hand and following
wherever He intends to take me.
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