October 26, 2007

First Lesson

I never tire of reading this piece, which a good friend shared with me way back in high school.

I thought you might like it, too.


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 a stream
and look high at the gulls.
A dead man's float is face down.
You will dive and swim soon enough
where this tide water ebbs to sea.
Daughter, believe me,
when you tire on the long trash
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 wide to the light year stars,
lie back, and the sea will hold you.

11 comments:

ian said...

It's Lovely Irene!

I'm so happy to see a post from you again, and this one is the best way to start the day ever. Thanks for sharing that - I really like it.

Ian

Paolo... said...

it's been a long time!
missing your cool post!
good thing you shared this one..
just what I need!!
thanks!!

:)

Irene said...

Ian my favorite Irish: Thank you for being the first to welcome me back. It's been a while...life has been incredibly hectic. But it'all good. And you know know I'm always just around. ;p

Paolo: I missed hearing from you, too. I've been really busy with our studio and my family. How are you? Hope everything's great! =)

my4kids said...

Glad to see your back! I was wondering where you were or if you might have left blogging.
Love the poem!

krystyna said...

Great you came back!
I missed you!
First Lesson- beautiful!

Much blessings!

Pamela said...

what an enjoyable piece.

Paolo... said...

I am exhausted because of school yet having fun plus it's our sembreak na!!!! hehehe..
really glad to hear from you!ΓΌ

Kris said...

Beautiful poem Irene. Glad to see that you have updated.

KatieBelle said...

Like that!

krystyna said...

Amazing!
Thanks for sharing!
BEST to you!

Da Winged Acrophobic said...

Where have you been? Thanks for the poem, I'll keep it and share with my little girl some day.