Lightly child, lightly


Wake up, you poets:
let echoes end,
and voices begin.

— Antonio Machado


  • Image Source by Elâine Cristine.
  • Poem source: “XXIV” of “Forty Poems Chosen from ‘Moral Proverbs and Folk Songs,’” Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado via memoryslandscape
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Where *do* you find these images, pal? Always such a perfect complement to the text. You are the master….

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  2. really are..

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  3. sing out

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  4. For as long as you’ve been posting this series, I’ve thought how difficult (impossible?) it is to feel lightly while feeling deeply. Yet, with the calming of my breath and the realization I have choice, slowly, slowly I am beginning to see it is possible.

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  5. That image is surely poetry itself!

    And here is my favorite poem from 13th century mystic poet Jelaluddin Rumi, which I wanted to share for “Lightly Child, Lightly” series:

    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
    there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass,
    the world is too full to talk about.
    Ideas, language, even the phrase *each other*
    doesn’t make any sense.”

    From Essential Rumi
    by Coleman Barks.

    Let’s step lightly into that field of Light
    beyond the burden of judgements..
    Where compassion run deep
    And where joy’s lightness felt in every step..

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  6. Wow that’s a powerful statement, love that!!♥ Thank you for the link too, I’ve bookmarked his book, sounds like my kind of poet, but different to a style I’ve read before. 🙂

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  7. Beautiful!♥

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