Lightly Child, Lightly.

Watching the first sunlight
touch the tops of the palms
what could I ask […]

I dream I am here
in the morning
and the dream is its own time […]

There I am
morning clouds
in the east wind

No one is in the garden
the autumn daisies
have the day to themselves […]

I needed my mistakes
in their own order
to get me here […]

I call that singing bird my friend
though I know nothing else about him
and he does not know I exist […]

In my youth I believed in somewhere else
I put faith in travel
now I am becoming my own tree. »

W.S. Merwin, “Wild Oats” in The Moon Before Morning


  • Quote via Alive on All Channels via exhaled-spirals. Photo: Jose Kevo – Caribbean Sunrise
  • 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. Beautiful, pal. Thought maybe you had slipped down here to Florida unannounced….😉

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  2. How ironic – this morning I spent an extended amount of time listening to the chorus of birds greeting the day from their various treetops. It was the perfect moment. I needed all my mistakes to get me here – no doubt.

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  3. So interesting how each paragraph draws us in its own way. I loved the last one… since I haven’t travelled for nearly 2 years I am becoming that tree 🌴


  4. And those roots run deep

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The first sunlight is always amazing! … “W.S. Merwin, “Wild Oats” in The Moon Before Morning.”

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  6. Oh I am a tree!! 🌳 I love this 👏👏😊


  7. That last bit exactly describes my feeling!

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  8. How strange that his books are not available on Kindle!

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  9. wonderful photo and a beautiful poem…

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  10. Christie says:

    Reminiscing, Realization, Inner growth…The Sun, the Water, the Lessons…He became a Tree of Life…Rooted and Branching Outward…

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