Step Out of Your Own Way

This entry was posted on Apr 10, 2013 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
step out of your own way

Beauty in the Here and Now

Step Out of Your Own Way

So easy to forget how to walk through
your thoughts, to let the weather in your head
erase the weather threading itself, right now,
through the trap lines of the wind, the tunnels
of quiet between the rushing grasslands.
So simple to stop seeing what time
wants to show you.

On the edge of the train’s calling, a whistle
half lost in the merciful sweetness of the wind,
you can hear the stories of sky as large
as your heart, or what your heart can learn
once you start walking this blonde-gray day,
your being strong and fragile enough to listen,
your memory a thick bank so permeable that each
white song of lightning pierces you awake.

About Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming novel, The Divorce Girl; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College (Goddard College); where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats (; and she blogs regularly at her website (

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