Words of NotePosted by Dorothy on 6/22/04 at 10:19 (153696)
I came across this poem - maybe I posted this before, too - but it's worth noting here, this place where we deal with these matters of the body. I like this poem and lot and commend Joyce Sutphen to your reading today and hope she wouldn't mind:
Living in the Body
Body is something you need in order to stay
on this planet and you only get one.
And no matter which one you get, it will not
be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful
enough, it will not be fast enough, it will
not keep on for days at a time, but will
pull you down into a sleepy swamp and
demand apples and coffee and chocolate cake.
Body is a thing you have to carry
from one day into the next. Always the
same eyebrows over the same eyes in the same
skin when you look in the mirror, and the
same creaky knee when you get up from the
floor and the same wrist under the watchband.
The changes you can make are small and
costly – better to leave it as it is.
Body is a thing that you have to leave
eventually. You know that because you have
seen others do it, others who were once like you,
living inside their pile of bones and
flesh, smiling at you, loving you,
leaning in the doorway, talking to you
for hours and then one day they
are gone. No forwarding address.
Re: Words of NoteSuzanne D. on 6/22/04 at 21:21 (153732)
This is a good perspective to consider, Dorothy, when thinking about our bodies.
Thanks for sharing the poem!