Lightly Child, Lightly

There are enigmas in darkness
There are mysteries
Sent out without searchlights

The stars are hiding tonight
The moon is cold and stony
Behind the clouds

Nights without seeing
Mornings of the long view
It’s not a sprint but a marathon

Whatever we can do
We must do
Every morning’s resolve

~ Edward Hirsch, excerpt from Gabriel: A Poem


  • Poem via Whiskey River. Photo: True North, Alex Strohl via (this isn’t happiness)
  • 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. so beautiful dear David, I wished to jump into the photograph! Thank you, Love, nia

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  2. we are grateful just to wake up each day

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  3. Until Live & Learn, Thursday was just that day between Wednesday and Friday. I don’t know what I would do without Lightly!

    Thursday mornings resolved.

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  4. Whatever we can do. We must.

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  5. Beautiful poem, David.

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  6. Early morning quiet, I read this and hear my “Oh. “ .

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  7. Indeed …a marathon not a sprint. ‘Mornings of the long view’ – yes, yes.

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Whatever we can do … We must do! Every morning’s resolve .. “

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  9. Get up and do. What you can. But do.
    Splendiferous photo…

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  10. “Whatever we can do, we must do.” Drawing that thought in, pal. Finding it so difficult to feel like I’m doing anything to move the needle in a positive direction these days, but trying like hell to make small differences in my little corner of the world. And I LOVE that photo…. Make a great day….

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  11. Thank you dear David for the beauty and inspiration…always helpful…[Every morning’s resolve]

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  12. Whatever we can do
    We must do
    Every morning’s resolve

    …. we must, or should try to, at least…. wonderful!

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  13. Christie says:

    Beautiful, photo…light emerging…life waking. /// “Every morning’s resolve” is to embrace the gift, claim that first breath of gratefulness and behold the revelation of what light’s illumination greets.

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  14. wow, gorgeous shot! Most of us, are set for a sprint.
    Few are prepared for the … m a r a t h o n

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