Poem: Knowing When to Stop

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Knowing When to Stop

You breathe in the salt air.
You shut your eyes and savor the sun.
You listen to the waves.

For now, for this moment,
your heart quiets.
Your mind stills.
The needless things are let go.

You breathe in the salt air.
You shut your eyes and savor the sun.
You listen to the waves.

There is eternity in this moment.
The broken parts and beasts that haunt you
are released, held at bay
by the sanctuary stillness,
more apt to consume a moving target
than one rooted
in the air, sea, and sun.

About this poem

Somehow we have been convinced in life that constant action is the way. I’ve come to a different place – that solutions are found in the silence. Everything is found there – God, peace, power, strength. Even the deepest love is felt in the night, curled together, intimate in the shared vulnerability of the night. In the stillness.

This was a long poem, whittled down to what it needed to be. And in the process of editing, it went from a poem about one thing to a poem about something altogether different. In the stillness.

One of the great challenges I have as a writer and artist and a person is to knowing when to stop. Once learned, however, it is one of the most powerful skills I have ever learned.

Be well. Travel wisely,

Tom

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