Click below to watch the video, and below you’ll find the text of the poem that is read in the video.


In the End

In the end
you won’t be known
for the things you did,
or what you built,
or what you said.

You won’t even be known
for the love given
or the hearts saved,

because in the end you won’t be known.

You won’t be asked, by a vast creator full of light:
What did you do to be known?

You will be asked: Did you know it,
this place, this journey?

What there is to know can’t be written.
Something between the crispness of air
and the glint in her eye
and the texture of the orange peel.

What you’ll want a thousand years from now is this:
a memory that beats like a heart—
a travel memory, of what it was to walk here,
alive and warm and textured within.

Sweet brightness, aliveness, take-me-now-ness that is life.

You are here to pay attention. That is enough.

– Tara Mohr

Join the discussion 61 Comments

  • Kim says:

    Tara, I would love to see you create more videos like this of your poems. This one in particular hits me deeply, since I believe that it describes the essence of a contemplative life. I will definitely share this with my readers this week. Thank you for being you.

  • Olivia says:


    Consider me moved as I blink back tears. So touched and warmed by this. Thank you, thank you.

  • Kel says:

    LOVE this poem. Thank you.

  • Christy Brennand says:

    Moved beyond words.

  • marjorie p. waldman says:

    inspirational and thought provoking. Will share multiple times over. Thank you. I am grateful that you wrote it and shared with us.
    Sincerely, M

  • Jenina Ramirez says:

    I am once again reminded of what is deep inside of us… As creatures with feelings we often forget what is directly in front of us. Being in the moment is quite hard with our wordly distractions. But we must make a conscious effort. Thank you for this peaceful reminder!

  • Tamara Owen says:

    What a lovely poem. Yes, I, too, believe our spirit wants to know the journey and real essence of life to take into the next realm only to come back again someday to infuse the next person with these experiences and memories.

  • Rosa Conti says:

    Tara, I cannot express how very much this captures my walking around my apartment this morning aimlessly with a feeling, so heavy and light on my heart all at the same time, of a bigger-than-Life-ness. Like an observer to this human place. Thank you for anchoring this feeling inside of me, even more. right now.

    Love, Rosa

  • Oh, may I carry this sweet, soft knowing with me through many days forward… this – this, this – is Why.
    Thank you. This is absolutely, heart-shakingly beautiful. I will share it everywhere.

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  • Meital says:

    This is truly something I struggle with every day. You always touch the subjects that are so important to me. An happiness is also a subject that should be discussed, and I feel this poem is about that. About our journey here, and what this journey is about.

    Sometimes a poem can untangle the knot of feelings that is inside me. I would love to see more videos like that.


  • Diana Rothschild says:

    Tara, what a great reminder of what really matters. I was feeling particularly bad this morning for an email I wrote yesterday and this poem both put it in perspective and helped me align around what to do about it. Keep up being you! The world (and I) need it! -Diana

  • Andrea says:

    Very moving. Beautiful and thought-provoking.

  • Chariti says:

    Thanks for sharing. As a student of meditation and Buddhism, I very much appreciated this post! When we live in the moment of NOW, our lives are so much richer and enjoyable. Thank you!! Love you stuff…keep posting! -Chariti

  • Inez says:

    That was actually really relaxing. Thank you 🙂

  • Yes! We ALL Want To Be Love – Thomas Bryan Eaton, musician

  • Nancy P says:

    Tara, your poem made me sad but the video & music was very lovely. My mother just passed in April. We were able to bring her home from the hopsital and invited hospice join us. She was so happy to come home. That was the gift we gave her. Over the three weeks, I was able to say everything I ever wanted to tell her and to share that I was so grateful she was my Mom.

  • Cary says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Tara! I would watch this one video every morning and would love to hear more of your poems spoken. Perfect visuals, as well:)

  • Maureen says:

    Tara, I loved the poem. My favourite part was:

    a memory that beats like a heart—
    a travel memory, of what it was to walk here,
    alive and warm and textured within.

    because, as a travel agent, I have had incredible travel opportunites. One of my favourite memories was racing an Arabian mare across the desert in front of the Egyptian pyramids. I can still feel the heat of the sun, the ripple of powerful muscles under my legs and the feel of the wind whipping my hair. I have forgotten lots of things in my life but I will never forget that!

  • Corinne says:

    Thank you. What a beautiful reminder…. Pay attention, be aware, be alive…be now. What a lovely gift.

  • suzanne Oales says:

    Makes you very aware of how fragile life is, and to enjoy it’s passing every day

  • Rachel says:

    This was just beautiful! I especially was moved by the last line… “You are here to pay attention. That is enough.” So true! In reading your piece I was reminded of Mary Oliver’s achingly poignant poem “When Death Comes”. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt poetry.

  • You deep, deep chick you!!!!!!!!! I needed to be reminded to look under leaves to find
    true cathedrals!!!!!!! Your mind and spirit are a gift to us all! Thanks for taking the time and energy to make it so easy for the rest of us to tap into your brilliance!!!!!! I will surely use this poem for my daily

  • Simply beautiful, Tara. Thank you.

  • Bella says:

    I so needed this today. Thank you!!!

  • maryjoe says:

    absolutely beautiful!

  • kathryn says:

    Your words are really beautiful…I re-read it several times!! I think that is part of why we are here…I think we are here also to heal, grow and expand as individuals and as a spark of God, Goddess, All That Is.

  • mareli says:

    thank you. earlier today, Imet a stranger in a gift shop(I know the owner), and we stood there for over 30min while she was sharing with us, what this woman she once knew meant to her. And it made me think about the light and the salt that we need to be. The love we need to give.. because in the end, we can only leave memories about how we touched or influenced other people…
    lovely poem, I loved it!

  • Kim says:

    Tara… this is so very beautiful, it lifted me up today. Please share more of your beautiful poems this way. The world needs to read your words but also hear your voice. Namaste, Kim Whalen

  • beautiful, just loved it!!

  • Donna Davis says:

    Hello Tara:

    It is lovely, and it addresses the polarity of feeling and perception, the silent listener/watcher/actor of the self that an ego-driven culture ignores or castigates for laziness. But thinking of St. Paul’s wonderful, “Now we know in part, and prophesy in part..” “Now I know…then I shall know even as I am known.” “And now endureth these three: faith,hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love,” of the vast longing for love that underlies the wish for recogition…to me, it’s not a comfort but another challenge that makes me feel I’ll never get there.
    not that you not radically right and Zen, but it makes me feel not ready. I’m sorry on this one, maybe just envious or something,leaves me feeling bad about who I am.

  • Shannon says:

    It’s beautiful.

  • illana says:

    So deeply moved. I wish I could play this in my head at intervals throughout the day, week, always! And so we try again, and again, to practice… Thank you, Tara.

  • Loulou says:

    My favorite lines are:
    “What there is to know can’t be written.
    Something between the crispness of air
    and the glint in her eye
    and the texture of the orange peel.”

  • Lydia says:

    I love it! I’m keeping this page open so that I will listen to it a a few times throughout the day. The video is beautiful too!

  • mary englert says:

    You and your evolving work is such a gift to me. I am passing through an extremely difficult time of loss and recently discovered your work. It is keeping me as I try to keep moving. I am very isolated and you have no idea what a kindness this contact is. Please do more like this. I have signed up for everything I can find.

  • Maybe not an e-book, but an iPad app of video poems? It’s always a pleasure to hear poems read out loud, and the sound and images added more texture. Thank you, a beautiful gift.

  • AB says:

    I felt your words and their truth in my heart as I read them. Thank you.

  • Miriam says:

    Beautiful video. IN THE END, I want to hear “Well done good and faithful servant.” That is what drives me to love, share joy, share peace. Thank you for your words from the heart, your gift of poetry, and sharing your authentic self.

  • Kellie says:

    This line touched my inner core: What you’ll want a thousand years from now is this:
    a memory that beats like a heart—

    I need to work towards creating those memories every single day, not just once a year when on vacation or at some big family event. Thanks, Tara.

  • Diana says:

    Being present. Today. Then tomorrow. And the next.

  • Laura Boling says:

    Love this. Really resonates with me and (I imagine) all of us “doers” out there who just can’t get enough of accomplishing and striving and perfectioning (well, it’s a word now!). A good reminder that we should always also be EXPERIENCING. Thanks for the gem 🙂

  • Janie says:

    We try so hard to BE something or someone in this life… this poem and video is a beautiful reminder that we just need to BE our real self and don’t let life pass us by while we are trying to BE the next someone or something great….
    I love all the encouragement and love you extend to all of us… thank you.

  • KimC says:

    I love this video! What a beautiful way to merge mediums. Interestingly, the song it’s set to is also the last song on a mix given to me by my last love. And I’d never heard it before he shared it with me. Feels like a hug from the universe when worlds collide. Thank you Tara and Kirthi!

  • Diane Schambra says:

    As I read this, I traveled back to 10 years old. Instantly. I knew this, what you speak of, Tara, then. At 10 years old. I knew this was a place to visit. As I would hike and walk in the woods, I would chat with the trees,the wind,the sky,the birds. The roots of the trees. Sometimes I was lucky and got to take a horse out for a ride. I always had the company of the angels sent to guide me. Never felt alone.
    When I need direction in life, it is funny…my soul travels back and I am on the hiking path again. And I ask myself, “what would your 10 year old self have to say to you?”.
    Remember, you are a traveler. Visiting for a time. Connected to all.
    Thanks Tara!

  • Barbara Coon says:

    a lovely video that sparkles and speaks what the heart knows…..I am swimming with “the take-me-now-ness that is life.” Thank you Tara & Kirthi

  • Beautiful images, beautiful words, beautiful video… very thought provoking. Thank you for sharing. Loved it.

  • Karen says:

    A beautiful gift for the soul, thank you Tara. A beautiful poem that inspires mindful living and a truly magical film <3

  • MissFortune says:

    deeply moved and crying

  • Kimberly says:


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    Love it!

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