You are not are here!

A priest friend of mine, Tony Cayliss told me a story that made its way into Greening of a Heart by way of dialogue between Hannah Winchester and her friend, Madeline Thompson, who tells Hannah, “You are not lost, you are here.”

Poet David Wagoner (b. 1926) is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and editor of the journal Poetry Northwest. The author of ten novels, he has also written many volumes of poetry. His poem, Letting Purpose Find You, talks about being here. I am  sure both Hannah and Madeline would love this poem as I do.

“Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, and you must treat it as a powerful stranger. Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. Not two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.”

You are not lost – you are here!

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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