Lightly child, lightly


But most hearts say,
I want, I want, I want, I want.
My heart is more duplicitous,
though no twin as I once thought.
It says, I want, I don’t want, I want,
and then a pause.
It forces me to listen…

— Margaret Atwood, from Selected Poems II: 1976 – 1986 


  • Image Source: Jenna McElroy (via Journal of a Nobody)
  • Quote Source: Paper Ghosts
  • 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. Reblogged this on let's talk! and commented:
    Just back from our summer break and getting ready to start blogging again, but this caught our eye. It is a wonderful poem for mindfulness, reminding us to think about what is really important in our lives…

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  2. I love this!

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  3. Ahhhh yes, the mercurial temperament of the heart, never to be underestimated….

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  4. I’m so glad to be reminded of the wisdom of “lightly”…goodness, I was having an heavy, thought-filled day until your reminded through this quote. Thank you, beyond words!

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  5. “though no twin as I once thought.”
    I’m so stuck on this line. That our hearts could be, and want, and do in a way different than what we see as our core selves. Man! I’ve got to chew on this a while.

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  6. Always ‘pause’ and listen. This is the answer.

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  7. Peggy Farrell Schroeder says:

    Reallylike this and have always enjoyed her books.

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  8. our hearts are where our minds really are.

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