Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: To Go Beyond

Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: To Go Beyond
You ask, “How can I hold on?”
I remember being forced to let
go, to let the torrent take me
beyond all I could imagine.

You ask, “Are we doomed to
repeat our mistakes?” I only know
that when exhausted I could finally
accept that we are privileged to
have more than one chance
to come alive.

You ask, “Why is it all unbearable?”
I want to rock you until you under-
stand that the dark is there
for light to find its purpose.

You ask if I have anything to say.
And I touch my forehead to yours,
hoping something in all that is un-
sayable will skip like a stone along
the waters of the One Mind.


A Question to Walk With: Describe something in your life that feels unbearable. How are you living with it?

This is from my book of poems in progress, A Thousand Dawns.

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Mark’s 2022 Calendar:

AUG 26-28: Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison CT, weekend workshop, Reclaiming Our Humanity: Being Fierce and Tender in Our Call to Love, Fri 7-9:30PM EST Sat 9:30-5:30PM EST, Sun 9:30-1230PM-- IN PERSON

OCT 28-30: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, A Weekend Retreat, IN PERSON

SEPT 16-18: Friday Night Reading and Weekend Retreat (Sat and Sun), Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, or call 843-720-8528,  -- IN PERSON

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