Marie Howe marks the space left in her life by her late brother — tiny movements and moments now conspicuously absent. A tender elegy for a loved one gone too soon.
In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.
A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.
A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.
A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.
A reflection from Christian Wiman on finding God and wonder in all the world's imperfection.
Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.
Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.
A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.
From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.
Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.
A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.
An ode from Elizabeth Alexander to the spaces words fill between us, and to the path they light forward to a transcendent and unifying love.
Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.
Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.
Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.
An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.
Parker Palmer offers up a remedy for feeling adrift: embracing surprise, and taking on sense of reverence to mystery.
Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.
Loss and trauma can cast us into uncertainty. Parker Palmer finds solace in the words of William Stafford, and wonders if being lost is the first step on a path to something better.
Two poems for those who seek to infuse daily life with thoughtful prayer and attention.
Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book on getting lost, a high school math teacher muses on finding true north without a reliable compass… in a poem.
Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.
In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.