On Equilibrium

Carol Nelson carolnelsonfineart.blogspot.com

Carol Nelson   carolnelsonfineart.blogspot.com

Somewhere between
the pain & pleasure
lies the slack`tide
the calm relief
the long fermata
between the ebbing
flowing summer`tide

It’s not in the triumph
of one over the other
we will find peace
feel the healing
experience release
but in the equilibrium
lying naturally between

What is Grace after all
but receiving the gift
we do not deserve
Mercy not getting
what in fact we do
Between the two lies
the wholeness we need

“One or two things are all you need
to travel over the blue pond, over the deep
roughage of the trees and through the stiff
flowers of lightning — some deep
memory of pleasure, some cutting
knowledge of pain.” ~ 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 On Equilibrium

  1. exquisite – easily one of the finest poems to be found on WordPress


  2. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    This is a beautiful poem, Peter.


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