Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Keep Trying

Take off your situation
and you are closer.

Take off the story you’ve
been told about yourself
and you are closer still.

Take off your dream of
compliance or rebellion
and you’re almost there.

Take off your name and
put your face in the stream
of all that wants to fill you.

A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, describe the sense of your own being that exists below your name, your history, and where you live.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Tone in the Center of the Bell.


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