A PATH IN THE WOODS

I’ve been going through my books, notebooks, jottings, scribblings, etc.

Tucked into one journal was a print-out of the five Rs to a good day-end examen:

Relish the moments that went well and all of the gifts I have today.

Request the Spirit to lead me through my review of the day.

Review the day.

Repent of any mistakes or failures.

Resolve, in concrete ways, to live tomorrow well.

At the top, in my own handwriting, were a few musings:

–Have I loved my whole life wrong?

–Why did you pick me, Lord?

–When agitated: Now friend, we have made a misstep. Le us proceed more carefully.


A PATH IN THE WOODS

I don’t trust the truth of memories

because what leaves us

departs forever

There’s only one current of this sacred river

but I still want to remain faithful

to my first astonishments

to recognize as wisdom the child’s wonder

and to carry in myself until the end a path

in the woods of my childhood

dappled with patches of sunlight

to search for it everywhere

in museums in the shade of churches

this path on which I ran unaware

a six-year-old

toward my primary mysterious aloneness

ANNA KAMIENSKA

4 Replies to “A PATH IN THE WOODS”

  1. Anita Hatch-Miller says: Reply

    So simple, so beautiful, thank you!

  2. Thank you Heather.

  3. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    You’re very welcome, both of you!

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