Lightly child, lightly

…We came out of a time when birth was happy…

We are prizes. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been so important,
so healthy…

We were sold on dissatisfaction –…

I am very lucky but that’s not life. And maybe no more than
any person born in any year, I want but don’t know what, feel
unsettled in a sea of similarly restless faces. The breadth of
possibility makes choosing seem evasive. We decide but we are
slow and small with doubts.

It was 1954 when my parents moved to have room for me. I
remember a box my mother packed for me to store at school,
filled with canned milk and soup and Hershey bars.

Two thousand good nights. My checked uniform on a hook.
My face to the hall light because that felt like a day in the sun.
Not fear, not loneliness, but my preference for sleeping near the
window and near the floor, humming.

~ Killarney Clary, from “Who Whispered Near Me?”


Notes:

  • Poem Source: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels. Photo: Blue Canary Night light
  • 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.”

Comments

  1. always try to find the light

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  2. This is one of those that touch you and disturb you at the same time…

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  3. “The book was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and a book that people talked about for years. Now it is being reissued by Tavern Books, a Portland, Oregon publishing house dedicated to reviving distinctive out-of-print books, printing them on Heidelberg printing presses, commissioning original art to ornament them, and promising the authors that they will remain in print.” <<<nice endeavored honor
    http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/05/11/a-poem-for-saturday-44/

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  4. I immediately thought of They Might Be Giants song “Birdhouse on Your Soul.”. 😊

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