Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Morning Bird

Morning Bird
Photograph by: Karen Holmes

"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance."

- E.E. Cummings from poem "You Shall Above All Things"

This line from E.E. Cummings' poem teaches me about the importance of right mentorship, and the importance of learning how to do something (learning how to sing from one bird), as opposed to learning how not to do something (like teaching "ten thousand stars how not to dance"). Life brings along many opportunities to stretch ourselves with new and different experiences... hopefully, we will have the grace to choose how to learn what puts a song in our heart and decline what does not allow us to dance.



6 comments:

Christina said...

how beautiful this is.
i was just reading your profile... your grandfather, what an amazing man. i loved reading every bit of it. it made me smile.
XO

karen-holmes said...

*thank you, christina. i always love visiting with you... in both places - yours and mine. yes, oh how my grandfather continues to bless... on and on...have a wonderful day! xok.

for the love of a house said...

I, too, just read your profile and was so very touched by the story of your grandfather. What a gift he was to so many people and to his family that you remember him this way. lovely.

best,
joan

karen-holmes said...

*thank you, joan... a big hug to grampa in heaven!all the best to you, too! xok.

kiki said...

I love this poem, and most of his. This man suffered much in his life, but was prolific with words, he reminds me to always value words, mine and others. Keep using your words they are reaching the universe, yeah!

karen-holmes said...

*kiki, thank you for your gracious sharing and encouragement. You are always the teacher, as now I want to know more about e.e.cummings' life and learn a little more about where his wisdom comes from...xok.

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