on and off the path ~mark nepo

It’s the light above the path
that points to the path that
makes it a path.

The way the sun off the moon
lights the oar with the peace
we were looking for while we
sleep it off adrift in the boat.

It’s the light above the heart
that points to the heart that
makes each path necessary.

The way going there always
brings us here. The way loving
another always brings us
to ourselves.

It’s the light we drop and
leave that makes each
giving a path.

The way a carpenter builds
home after home; knowing
that the sawing, the planing,
the hinging, the building
is his home.

It’s the light we are but never
see that makes each soul a path.

The way the blossom of all
we feel and all we hide makes
the search for beauty unnecessary.

~Mark Nepo

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