1. On Being Blog: Crow's Word

    You’re likely to outlive some of your greatest joys. Don’t let that be the only period in your life when you become highly aware of them. Notice joy now and it will help you become a person of peace, integrity, and strength when there is less joy in your life.

    Crow’s Word
    His note, dawn’s foil —
    One blow to fill her pale blue bell with sound,
    One impulse to deliver; that serves to sever bonds
    Of all things that entangle, sully, soil.

    This is the Word that blasts the sap,
    The sound of force
    That lifts the arms of trees;
    That fashions-forth the branches from within
    To raise this world of darkwood iron all around;
    This the rising sound
    Of the very juice by which the ground toils,
    Becomes each massive trunk and slender tendril coil
    Upright, upreared, at prayer.

    Bright above, the morning sky awakens,
    She blues and beckons like a mother’s eye toward which
    The sun climbs, wings beat a path, while feet
    With new-found ease
    Like light along the spangled grass self-hurl,
    Fast follow down that one windfall trail
    Being blazed toward Canaan by what lives.

    Let this day go gray, grow disenchanted:
    I know the crow.

    Text and poem excerpted from “On Being More Than Ourselves Alone.” Read more of Paul Martin’s complete essay.

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