Lightly child, lightly



And I have dreamed
of the morning coming in
like a bird through the window
not burdened by a thought.

the light a singing,
as I had hoped.


Wendell Berry, from “The Design of The House: Ideal and Hard Time” from New Collected Poems


  • Poem Source: The Distance Between Two Doors
  • Image: Gaby Herbstein (via Culture N Lifestyle). “Argentine artist Gaby Herbstein is a visual artist and photographer. This is one image in a series of images titled Stages of Consciousness, Herstein’s images present themselves as a surrealistic, subliminal experience. Vicky Salias describes her work: “Embarking on a profound inner journey, where she explores herself and her relationship with all other beings, Gaby Herbstein shapes through images nearly a treatise about her feelings, skills and personal quests. And in so doing she invokes the great surrealist artists, to help us connect immediately with the significance of her art. The efficacy of her reflection lies in the universality of her search, for it refers to all of us as souls who dwell in this world, blending with others on different levels: with our ego, our thoughts and dreams, our weaknesses, our ability to connect with the other… flashes of the everyday unfolding of life incessantly piercing through us: Gaby invites us to become conscious of them, to take them from the field of thought into the one of action, so that we can shape a better future.”
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Other Wendell Berry 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.”



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  2. I’d love for the morning to come in that way. This morning I woke up with a commercial jingle in my head.

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  3. Absolutely love Wendell Berry. I’m waiting for permission to have one of his poems in my book. Beautiful piece of writing!

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  4. and i woke up in a hotel bed, far from home, but just happy to be awake for another day.

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