Whoever Are We?

Anna Broell Bresnick ctartscene.blogspot.com

Anna Broell Bresnick ctartscene.blogspot.com

One foot wanders
The other seeks home
One hand makes the fist
The other offers a blessing
One eye seeks out the fault
The other sees the gift
One ear won’t listen
The other hears all

We are antinomies
caught in the tensions
between all our passions
The fish hawk whose wing
pushes it up toward heaven
while its ambitious talons
reach back to the sea
lusting the trophy

Is all this by flaw?
Or is it by the design
of an ingenious creator?
That loving what is not us
we should despise what is
and hence pray mercy
not for what we do
but who we are

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh & exciting
over & over announcing your place
in the family of things.” ~ Mary Oliver


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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7 Responses to Whoever Are We?

  1. Morgan says:

    An Amazing , thought-provoking Friday Inspiration :) Blessings for a Joy-Full week end ~


  2. you just keep raising the bar for the rest of us scribblers


  3. Peter, though I have seen my reflection a million times and past by more people than that, I never had thought to look as the question you created in this work. It is wonderful. Beautifully thought provoking. “Or is it by the design of an ingenious creator?” Best, H.


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