I have been deep in thought about ethical life choices and what path to choose now. It has all seemed so complicated, like a labyrinth. Then I remembered another time in my life when I felt confused and received the blessing of a hint of inner peace. It inspired a poem that I wrote for Marianne. I am posting it today as an aspiration.
Laying the Burden Down It is a new turning, I believe A gentle hint of peace A stillness that’s been so rare. All my life there’s been this demon Restless striving, grand ambition Sometimes muted, sometimes strong Varied were its shapes Many a disguise it wore Lofty aims, noble dreams. I talked to my loved one of new plans Gently she urged me to think again Not to expand but to let things be. I listen to my loved one And to my own inner soul What I feel is peace and happiness As I lay the burden down.
— September 2, 2008