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Friday, December 2, 2011 by Marianne Elliott

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Buff off routine. Polish away habit.
Sharpen your crystal mind with silent time.
Wake yourself by praying to the gods.

Surrender all of image. Let go of your outside eyes.
Be a foolish animal, gaping at the forest.
Be clumsy and too much and wide-eyed.

Kill the thing that pulls back the reins,
and run.

Tara Sophia Mohr

(from her new collection Your Other Names)


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2 Responses to "Awakening"

  1. amy says:

    Ah…I ended my day yesterday reading this poem in bed, and wake up to it here this morning.

    Today I will be clumsy and too much and wide-eyed. Even intending this enables my heart to breathe easier.

    Lovely, Tara. Lovely.

    Thanks for posting this Marianne.

  2. Roxanne says:

    I loved this book, Marianne, and I will be sharing it with my loved ones this holiday season. I just sat down to browse your site on my first quiet Friday in Jerusalem in some time, only to find that your words and images truly are a cure for the soul.

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