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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #888 - #ParingDown

12 Aug, 2019


"You wanna fly, you gotta give up the shit that weighs you down."
Toni Morrison

"Pare down to the essence
but don't remove the poetry.
Leonard Koren

"In poetry we pare down our thoughts into their most graceful shapes, like minimalist sculptures."
Patricia Robin Woodruff

I am in a process of paring down

Elimination is release.
Letting go is relief.

Yes, there is loss,
but there is so much gain
what is left is
easier to see
to hold
to tend and care for
to balance.

Like sorting through piles of unopened mail--
stories from a friend and love from afar
strewn in with the ads and credit card offers--
it has to be done and redone
over and over again
as new choices are made,
as possessions and activities and desires accumulate
once again,
and yet it is always
a release, a relief,
a kind of poetry itself.

And so, right now,
I am in a process
paring down,
finding the poetry
in my life.

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