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On My Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My mother leans on a chair in the kitchen, her heart breaking wider than she ever imagined. How to be without him after sixty-seven years. After all we've been through, I will hold her when I get there.


Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

If you have one hour of air and many hours to go, you must breathe slowly. If you have one arm's length and many things to care for, you must give freely. If you have one chance to know God and many doubts, you must set your heart on fire.

A Rap on Gratitude

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Debbie Gisonni

The holiday season is a time for good cheer and gratitude. Here's a poem that will keep gratitude in your heart all year round. Have fun reciting or rapping it with your Thanksgiving guests: Gratitude is the attitude to exude, when you want to brood.

Approaching Integrity

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are always approaching integrity, never arriving at it. In working toward a thoroughness of character, we dream of arriving at a state of completeness where who we are and what we do are forever one. We dream of living the rest of our lives this wholly.

Little by Little

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Little by little, we have these glimpses that life is more than any one experience will reveal. It's how we string these glimpses together that opens the window of circumstance. And then we begin to see how the universe is stitched together.

From The Deep

Keith Wallis | Posted 10.30.2013 | Fifty
Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis is an English poet. An engineering designer by trade, he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently 'poet ...

After Breakfast

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's no surprise that we lose sight of the things closest to us -- most of all loved ones. But luckily, the tides of experience throw us about, so that we chance to re-see those we love freshly. This poem records such a moment between me and my wife Susan.

The Price We Pay When We Want to Be Liked by Everyone

An Bourmanne | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

Living their dream and abandoning yours is exhausting, unfulfilling and such a pity. You are so much more than you give yourself credit for. There's no need to hide what makes you YOU. We need your one-of-a-kind brilliance.

Repeatedly We Are Asked

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

While excellence is an admirable and useful reward for our effort in the world, our immersion of heart into whatever we are doing leads us past excellence into the experience of Oneness. This is a hard insight to open.

WATCH: Poignant Video On Loneliness In NYC

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.21.2013 | New York

You would think it's impossible in New York City, home to over eight million people, to ever feel alone. As many who live here can attest, however, th...

The Industry of No

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The greatest threshold to an awakened life is the courage to say yes. Not yes to being abused or mistreated, but yes to the authority of your own being which touches on the sea of all being.

Reduced to Joy

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I'm coming to understand joy as the all-encompassing moment of full being that can hold all the other more fleeting feelings, like happiness, fear, confusion, worry and anger. Though that sea of full being is always there, always carrying us, we come in and out of our awareness of it.


Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

let's get real...who cares? the government has shut down did you hear me? The government has shut down this means I've been shut down Is anybody lis...

For Joel at 94

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I wrote this poem a few years ago to honor a friend and mentor of mine, Dr. Joel Elkes, who will be 100 years old this November. He is one of the most wholehearted people I know.

Between the City and the Sea

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are constantly reminded how everything is connected. From time to time, the oddest thing will open me to this mystical fact. When former President Ford died, I was drawn into sensing what else was happening around the world at the very same moment.


Mark Nepo | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's always our job to meet life where it is, not to break life down so it can enter our small room. This poem explores the difference.

Way of the Dolphin

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It was years ago that I learned that our job as spirits in bodies is to let our spirit rise from within to meet and inhabit the world, every chance we get. It was walking along the Battery in Charleston that this all came back to me, so very clearly, while sighting a dolphin.

One More Time

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are such willful creatures. Carried by our stubbornness, we can begin to think that we are the originators of all our experience.

Lights Go On -- Part VIII -- Feeling Love Toward...

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Dear Cells -- how often do I look at you and feel what you're doing?

Staying Close

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My new book of poems, Reduced to Joy, has just been published. For the next few months, I'd like to share poems from the new book with you.

Aww... Check Out This Woman's Love Poem

Johanna Boal | Posted 10.21.2013 | Fifty
Johanna Boal

Johanna Boal, a wife and mother of three, lives in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. She works as a librarian and in her spare time she lov...

Three Intentions

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

While it's often easier to throw something out rather than repair it, we lose our depth of relationship to the things we touch. We lose the human history of objects and tools and the presence they accumulate for moving through many lives.

Where Is God?

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since the beginning of time, we as human beings have always called out for a higher power or larger force to rescue us when we're in pain or trouble. During my cancer journey, I was forced into this conversation more than once.

'Re: Alterity'

Tina Dybvik | Posted 10.14.2013 | Fifty
Tina Dybvik

At 50, Tina Dybvik began writing books for students who like art and science. Recent titles include Space Cowboy Caleb and the Night Sky Round Up and ...

Three Faces

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Each of us is made up of eternal forces -- part masculine, part feminine, part animal. Often, our creativity and our proximity to our aliveness depends on how well we know these forces as they visit us and live in us.