Saturday, May 5, 2012

"right as a morning in May"

this morning i saw the following video & felt whole and new.
the footage creates a link for me
to one of my favorite poems by Philip Booth, "first lesson".

Lie back daughter, 
let your head be tipped back in the cup of my hand.
Gently, and I will hold you. 
Spread your arms wide, lie out on the stream and look high at the gulls. 
A dead-man's float is face down. 
You will dive and swim soon enough where this tidewater ebbs to the sea. 
Daughter, believe me, when you tire on the long thrash to your island, lie up, 
                                                                                                     and survive.
As you float now, 
where I held you and let go, 
remember when fear cramps your heart what I told you:
lie gently and wide to the light-year stars, lie back, and the sea will hold you. 


  1. I needed a good cry just now. That video was so touching on so many different levels. And that poem... well now it is one of my favorites too. Thank you thank you for sharing them both.

    1. Jenny~
      YOU are a kindred spirit!
      i am delighted to know you.
      i cried too~