The Right Place For Yourself

If you’re John Muir
you want trees to live among.
If you’re Emily, a garden will do.
Try to find the right place for yourself.
If you can’t find it, at least dream of it.


When one is alone and lonely, the body
gladly lingers in the wind or the rain,
or splashes into the cold river, or
pushes through the ice-crusted snow.

Anything that touches.


All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers.


To understand many things you must reach out
of your own condition.


For how many years did I wander slowly
through the forest. What wonder and
glory I would have missed had I ever been
in a hurry!


Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still
it explains nothing.


The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps.
~Mary Oliver from “Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way”

God is at home, it’s we who have gone out for a walk.
~Meister Eckhart

photo by Ben Gibson

Sometimes going for a walk feels to me like a sprint,
going as far and as fast as possible.
Sometimes it is a spontaneous trek into the unknown,
just to prove it can be done so I can find my way back.
Sometimes it is a climb into the dark,
with precipices and crumbling ledges under my feet.
Sometimes it is simply a journey of curiosity
to see what may be around the corner.

Most often it feels like the right place for me.

No matter why or where or how far I wander,
or how slowly,
the path shines just bright enough
to show me the way home
when I am ready.

He is there, waiting,
keeping the light on for me.


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2 thoughts on “The Right Place For Yourself

  1. Dear Emily,

    My mom died on Wednesday. She was one of your subscribers ( I’ve tried a couple times to leave a comment to you about it because you gave mom words, and so often we would share together bits about your posts, a photo, or a line of poetry that touched one or the other. So often we were both touched by the same line. As though for a moment we both balanced precariously on one patch of earth, close enough for it to be like a hug. I wanted you to know. She won’t be commenting again. I won’t see her name in my email box again when I check for her of a morning. But this was ground we shared. Thank you for creating this space.


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  2. Dear Kelley, your mother was one of my most frequent commenters and I always loved what she had to say! She also wasn’t hesitant to let me know when I drifted into occasional political commentary – I appreciated her reminder to stay on my mission of bringing something positive to my readers every day. Here is her first comment to me on a post in autumn of 2015 — I think you and your sisters will enjoy this! I will miss Jo so much and wish I could have met her in person! May you always cherish your memories of her. Emily

    September 2015: Yes!! Me too! And my daughters as well–the four of us are lovers of autumn and its colorful riches! Here’s a line from a note one of them wrote last week:

    ” The wind is blowing the summer away. The trees toss. I can see why Isaiah says “the trees of the field clap their hands.” We are at autumns threshold! Suspense for the fall into fall. I come alive this time of year.”


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