Posts Tagged ‘being alive’

Praise the pumpkin

with its orange flesh—

how it softens

and sweetens as it cooks.

Praise the way it lends

its rich and earthy density

to pie and bread, curry and soup.

The body responds

with a something akin to joy—

tethered by humble pleasure

to exactly this moment,

as if a flavor could help us

know god—

as if a taste could help us

become who we are.

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but when we are done walking

may we continue to walk, though

our legs become sand, though there

are dunes in our breath. The voice

of water becomes clearer then,

rises out of the world as if it were

always there, we just couldn’t hear it

over our own exclamations and fervent

whisperings. And the thirst that lasted

our whole lives, how soon it is satisfied.

What to do then but to keep on walking,

not out of thirst, but because this

is what we have come here to do.

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