Lightly child, lightly

Often I imagine the earth
through the eyes of the atoms we’re made of—
atoms, peculiar
atoms everywhere—
no me, no you, no opinions,
no beginning, no middle, no end,
soaring together like those
ancient Chinese birds
hatched miraculously with only one wing,
helping each other fly home.

~ Dan Gerber, “Often I Imagine the Earth” in Sailing through Cassiopeia


  • Poem – thank you The Hammock Papers.  Photo: Curtis Moffat Study, Woman Sleeping (CA. 1920) via see more
  • 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. “No me, no you, no opinions…” sounds pretty appealing in these fractious times…

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  2. Beautiful. May we all help each other fly home. 🍂

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  3. roseanne333 says:

    Such a beautiful image, Dave – “helping each other fly home. “

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  4. I’m late to comment because I got totally caught up in his poems – This poet has a truly amazing way with words.
    And the photo matches perfectly the words!

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  5. no beginning, middle, or end. yes

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  6. Wow, one-wing birds, and wingless some days.

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  7. sport include all forms of the physical activity or games. It helps to improve and maintain the physical ability or skill of the person who play any kind of a particular sport. Sport is of many kind like cricket, badminton, tennis, etc. sport also help the economy in generating revenue for the country. Nowadays, people are more interested into sports. In earlier time people thinks that if they are playing sports they are wasting time but the scene is changing people know that playing sports is also important like studying.

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