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and is not intent on arriving "

Lao Tzu

Saltwater

October 4th, 2016
Image by Mikko Lagerstedt

Image by Mikko Lagerstedt

Saltwater

Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five
percent water
and everyone you love is made of stardust,
and I know
sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough
times
that you are down to your last two percent,

but

nothing is infinite,
not even loss.

You are made of the sea and the stars, and
one day
you are going to find yourself again.

~ Finn Butler – from her Collection of Poems, From The Wreckage 

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17 Responses to “Saltwater”

  1. i just woke up and read this … so wonderful i am sitting here with my pumpkin late ( its October 🙂 ) and watching the sea… how PERFECT… thanks so much i will share… have a wonderful day ..

  2. As the micro so the macro, I don’t know many people who haven’t had a rough year this year, some are calling it a Chaotic Node. I know we all need poems like this one. Thank you!

  3. I love this and it feels so close and true now. Thank you for bringint the author to my attention, I shall have a look at the book.

  4. I’ve recently gone through a break up and I found this poem at a critical time. It has become my mantra. I read it to myself 2-3 times every day and has kept me going when nothing else could. I can never express how much these words have meant to me.

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