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MARK NEPO has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than thirty-five years. His #1 New York Times bestseller "The Book of Awakening," was selected as one of “Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things” in 2010. In his book, "Seven Thousand Ways to Listen," Mark offers ancient and contemporary practices to help us stay close to what is sacred. His most recent book, Reduced to Joy, contains 73 poems, retrieved and shaped over the last 13 years, about the nature of working with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. To learn more, please visit www.MarkNepo.com and www.threeintentions.com.

Entries by Mark Nepo

Thrown Back

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Thrown Back

Twenty-six years ago today, the tumor growing in my skull vanished and I was thrown back in the streets like Lazarus. Today the rain is a fine mist and I open my face for a long time, receiving water from the sky. All I can say is perhaps...

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Cradlesong

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:06 PM

Cradlesong
(For Jessica)

How do I explain chemotherapy
to a six-year-old up in my arms
before I shed my coat?

How do I tell her I can't
kiss her on the lips because
my white count is low, that
we must leave early because

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It

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:04 PM

It

First It was a woman with auburn hair
whose head would moan when I'd kiss her neck.
Then It was a game where despite the others
I would rise in the air and toss the ball
as if it were all that mattered of me

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Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:00 PM

Letting Go

After feeling driven my whole life
something very near the center has
unwound and I can no longer hurry
through airports or return all my calls.

And sometimes people I barely know
swim up like old worn fish to show me
the map...

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In the Sea of Others

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 9:52 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers 28 years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including 39 new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Eventually

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 6:13 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers 28 years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including 39 new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Adrift

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 12:03 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Ocean of Sky

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 1:27 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Midway in Our Journey

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Knowing God

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:13 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Covenant With Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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The Thin Magic

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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As Rachel Wakes

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:59 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Thinking Like a Butterfly

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:31 PM

It's a difficult balance to welcome relationship without giving ourselves away. For each of us is subject to the influence of others. This poem explores this balance.

Thinking Like a Butterfly

Monday I was told I was good.
I felt relieved.
Tuesday I was ignored.
I felt...

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The Early Sky Is Degas Yellow

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 12:15 PM

As I get older, I'm humbled to realize how our limitations define us and what that means to those who love us.

The Early Sky is Degas Yellow

I love this time of year. The only leaves left are
small silhouettes against the sky. They will go

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The Better Way to Go

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Life is an endless series of comings and goings. This poem showed itself while I was waiting to board a plane.

The Better Way to Go

One at a time, they come off the plane:
looking for someone, or arriving alone,
returning, or beginning. As they get off,

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Just Keep Working

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Though we grow, we never really arrive. Life is a journey in which we just keep working. And if blessed, we are awakened and transformed by the work.

Just Keep Working

The leaves are inside out.
A storm is coming. Who first
noticed this? And what is a...

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I Promise You

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 4:26 PM

While our heart wants to promise everything, we often make promises that no one can keep.

I Promise You

I was in a circle of those
who climbed from the sea
onto the shore of a day like today.
We were tired, aglow, broken.

Out...

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Her Name Meant Light

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 1:45 PM

No one can escape the experience of grief and loss. This poem speaks to the loss of a dear friend during my journey with cancer.

Her Name Meant Light

--Forgive me.
I loved a woman who loved the Earth.

I met a man who was going there,
where...

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Least Complicated

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:02 PM

Often, what we're looking for is very near at hand.

Least Complicated

Sometimes I go about pitying myself,
and all the time I am being carried
on great winds across the sky.
-- Ojibway saying

Sometimes I lose it like the keys
to the...

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