Lightly Child, Lightly.

Why does this light force me back
to my childhood? I wore a yellow
summer dress, and the skirt
made a perfect circle.
Turning and turning
until it flared to the limit
was irresistible . . . . The grass and trees,
my outstretched arms, and the skirt
whirled in the ochre light
of any early June evening.
And I knew then
that I would live,
and go on living: what sorrow it was;
and still what sorrow ignites
but does not consume
my heart.

Jane Kenyon, from “The Evening Sun” in Collected Poems


  • 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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  1. that moment of realization when you know you can and will go on, is mighty powerful, however it arrives

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Lovely yellow!! … “Why does this light force me back to my childhood? — Jane Kenyon, from “The Evening Sun” in Collected Poems.

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  3. That ineffable feeling of invincibility that grasps one from time to time. So very powerful. And *bazinga* on nailing that pairing of word and image, pal. Whoa. 😉

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  4. We are stronger than we realise. We are more resilient than we believe. 🌼🌼🌼🌼

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  5. Christie says:

    “Jane Kenyon… lived with her husband, poet Donald Hall, on a farm in New Hampshire. In 1993 Bill Moyers made an Emmy award-winning documentary about the literary couple called “A Life Together.” “

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  6. Christie says:

    I was a thin little girl who often twirled in pretty little dresses…sometimes a sister would twirl with me…Just last week I was talking with a Mom and her little girl, I said you sure have a pretty dress… is it a good dress to twirl in of course she said, Yes 🙂 as she did her rendition of twirling…/// I wonder is Jane Kenyon found comfort, safety and security when her mind traveled back to summer evenings in June? I’m sure she found freedom… and the warmth of the memory must have felt like a hug. She also garnered strength in letting sorrow coursing through every fiber of her body -knowing that there is a time for immense grief and that the sun closes the day and the sunrises greets as it warming/lighting each new day, Jane Kenyon, dealt with sorrow by recognizing that those of us still living must do that Live…as our loved ones will be held in our memories and felt in our hearts…and we know that they want us to Continue On and Live Life to the Fullest…///I think we can all learn from the body of work that Jane Kenyon created before her death…her work is a gift to us all…

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  7. Yellow feels so good right now for me and also appreciate Jane Kenyon’s work … have a beautiful week David 💫☺️smiles hedy

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