I haven’t posted a poem here in a while, but on this rainy foggy day in the middle of winter, it seemed time for a poem, and time for this one. A loving reminder of the rhythm. We all need to remember her.

The Rhythm

Art by Shelley Kommers

In any creative feat
(by which I mean your work, your art, your life)
there will be downtimes.


Or so it seems.

Just as the earth is busy before the harvest

and a baby grows before its birth,

there is no silence in you.
There is no time of nothingness.


What if,
during the quiet times, when the idea flow is hushed and hard to find
you trusted (and yes I mean trusted)
that the well was filling, the waters moving?


What if you trusted

that for the rest of eternity,

without prodding, without self-discipline,

without getting over being yourself,

you would be gifted every ounce of productivity you need?

What would leave you? What would open?


And what if during the quiet times you ate great meals

and leaned back to smile at the stars,

and saw them there, as they always are,

nourishing you?


There are seasons and harvest is only a fraction of one of them.
We forget this.


There is the rhythm that made everything.

The next time you stand in the kitchen, leaning,

the next time a moment of silence catches you there,

hear it, that rhythm, and let it place a stone in your spine.
Let it bring you some place beautiful.


Tara Sophia Mohr, from Your Other Names: Poems for Wise Living


Upcoming Events

I have two events coming up and would to meet you at them!
San Francisco Weekend Playing Big Workshop: There are just two spots left in my April 14-15 Playing Big two day workshop at the San Francisco coast. This is the first time I’m taking the Playing Big material into a small-group, weekend workshop format. You can learn more about it here.
Seattle Workshops: I’ll be leading two workshops in Seattle – a morning workshop on “Finding and Freeing Your Inner Writer” and an afternoon workshop on “Playing Bigger in Your Work and in Your Life.” I have a special fondness for the Pacific Northwest and it’s culture – I’m really looking forward to this gathering. Click here to learn more and to register.