Monday, November 3, 2014

Mark Nepo: "Behind the Thunder"

I keep looking for one more teacher,
only to find that fish learn from water
and birds learn from sky.

If you want to learn about the sea,
it helps to be at sea.
If you want to learn about compassion,
it helps to be in love.
If you want to learn about healing,
it helps to know of suffering.

The strong live in the storm
without worshipping the storm.

"Behind the Thunder" by Mark Nepo, from Reduced to Joy. © Viva Editions, 2013.

Art credit: "Man Vs. Storm," photograph taken August 28, 2011, by Temo Nakashidze.


  1. these poems lately have been amazing - helping to remind me, helping to remind me

    1. Thanks, Carol. Helping to remind me, too. :)


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