Wednesday, December 21, 2016

the spiral

the spiral at the heart

the spiral:
movement circles back in on itself,
but in each turning,
when it meets itself 
on the same side as before,
the place is just as different as it is the same,

after the loss of someone
you can move forward into the new
and then, as if you come around a corner,
you face the truth that still hurts anew,
though not quite like it did the last time,

I return to the Smokies
two and a half weeks 
after the fires laid bare 
the frailty of our sureness
in the sheltering constancy of the woods,
in the enduring solidity of the structures that ground us,

a whim of the wind, a roll of the dice,
the future transformed,

I feel I’m on the spiral,
whether I’m going up or down, I don’t know,
I do know, though, that I want to understand,
and each new perspective helps me to glimpse
a piece of that grand truth only God knows for sure.

by Henry H. Walker

December 17, ’16

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