Morgan Farley

I am clearing a space
here, where the trees stand back.
I am making a circle so open
the moon will fall in love
and stroke these grasses with her silver.

I am setting stones in the four directions,
stones that have called my name
from mountaintops and riverbeds, canyons and mesas.
Here I will stand with my hands empty,
mind gaping under the moon.

I know there is another way to live.
When I find it, the angels
will cry out in rapture,
each cell of my body
will be a rose, a star.

read the whole poem here

I was reminded of the beauty and medicine of this poem recently when a friend mentioned she had been holding it close as she works to clear space in her life, finding what brings her joy and beginning to bring dreams to fruition.

The idea of creating space, of marking the four directions, of standing with empty hands, holds so much possibility if we can stand still, opening ourselves to what could be. Not always a comfortable place to be but rewarding when we don’t rush to fill the space with busyness, words, doing.

When the poet says ‘I know there is another way to live’, my attention was immediately captured. But it is the next line with the image of the angels crying out in rapture that rivets me. Imagine coming to a place in one’s life that angels will recognize the rightness of it, even as each cell of my body also recognizes this. As she says in the next stanza, ‘I am ready for whatever comes.’


10 thoughts on “Clearing

  1. If something seized my life tonight,
    if a sudden wind swept through me,
    changing everything,
    I would not resist.
    I am ready for whatever comes.

    Not THAT is being present and making yourself available – exhilarating!!! thanks so much Jan xo


  2. This speaks so much to me right now, Jan, and I don’t really know what it is saying. Right now I’m being with Kody and the fact that he is not well and may indeed be on the last part of his journey. I don’t really know, not all the test results are in. All I know is that I feel so scared about the space that will be left in my life when he is gone and have no idea what i’ll do to fill it. And to not fill it also seems incomprehensible. Right now.

    Just sharing this with you. Thanks for being there.

    Love your Heart Poems.


    “The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.”

    Thich Nat Hanh



  3. So sad to hear that Kody is not well Margaret. I’m sure that life without him is unimaginable. No need to know what this poem is saying, simply to allow its medicine to work with you, to stand with ‘hands empty,
    mind gaping under the moon.’ You will be ready for whatever comes. Thanks for sharing this. xoxoxox


  4. I think it so sad that you pick so many religious poems which refer to prayers & spiritual things. It is perfectly possible to find glorious poems about the beauty and joy of nature without this focus.
    Nevertheless you pick many amazing poems. Thank you for that.


    • Hi, thank you for reading through Heart Poems. I was surprised to hear that you find so many of these poems religious, as I am not, but I guess we all see/hear words differently. Glad you have found some you have enjoyed as I have enjoyed exploring Poems for Poodles. All the best to you. Janice


      • I am going from the past poems forward on your site & thoroughly enjoying the journey. I have also been doing the same on A Year of Being There – so hence notice cross overs.
        If you are looking at my poems please read The Lost Boys – a poem I just re-love every 11/11 It is one of my best. Also for fun read Bavarian Aunt
        kind wishes & respect to you – your atheist friend in Adelaide (under lockdown today) in Australia.


  5. Happy to hear ayou are enjoying the journey(s). I have looked at your poems and will certainly check out those two you mentioned. Kind wishes and respect to you as well (soon to go back into lockdown again).

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