Never Without

Never Without

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Wings

Wings

They say that life begins at forty.
Everything
before that is practice.
In my experience,
that’s true.
As time has passed by,
one of the things
that has surprised
me most is how much
I knew by thirty
and how little of it
I realized that I knew
at the time.

In many ways,no man or woman
ever grows older
than eighteen.
After you take care
of all the business
each day,
spend the rest
of your time
being as young
as you can.

You knew best how to love another
by the time
you were six years old.
Most people
spend much of the rest
of their lives re-learning
how to love
that well again.

As the years roll on one of the best
things you can learn
is how to take
your own advice.
One of the best things
to remember
is what it was like
to be a kid.

Each day, spend time
doing three things—
working or creating something,
doing something fun
to entertain yourself,
and talking
to someone you love.
If you are able,
make your work
the same thing
as your play.

Everyone arrives at a fork in the road
in their late twenties,
again in their forties,
and yet again
in their fifties.
Each time, one path
leads to stagnation
while the other
leads to a frontier.
Each time, if you take
the wrong path,
you’ll find yourself
in a ditch
and climbing out of it
will be the only way
to move on.

As the years roll on
if you keep
learning and loving,
you’ll grow older
but your heart
will never grow old.
The years
weigh down;
No mind,
it’s just ballast
for flight.
Learning and love
have wings.

Dewey Dirks

Wonderful Happens

Wonderful Happens

Don’t believe that something
Wonderful is about to happen
Believe that something wonderful
Is happening already

Remember forever more, my friend
Wonderful things happen
Where you are
Just now

You can feel soft hint of breeze
On your skin
Even on the stillest of days
The sweet caress
Of love, of life herself
Quietly touches you always
You can hear her
Whisper gently to you
“I’m here right now”

Open your eyes,
Open your mind and your heart
Look around you
Breathe
Listen
Feel

Dewey Dirks

Dances

Dances

There have been times in my life
When I’ve felt unspeakable pain and fear
And times when I’ve seen
Those whom I love
Suffer mind breaking pain as well
While I watched, unable to help
Of the two, I can tell you
The second is far, far worse

I’ve known love with another
That runs so deep in our souls
It will never know death
I’ve also seen and felt
To the very core of my existence
The simple joy
That quietly lives in all things
Like a pond of pure, clear water
And I’ve listened to something
Of the great lilting melody
To which all life moves

Joseph Campbell once said
“Find a place inside where there’s joy,
And the joy will burn out the pain”
Which, I think, are very wise words
That couldn’t be more true

When I was a young man
Hanging out with my dad,
When he was talking
Every once in awhile
He would become so emotional
That he’d almost burst into tears
At the time, I didn’t know
There was no shame in it
And I was embarrassed by his openness

Now, many years have gone by
I’ve crossed many deep canyons,
Danced grand dances
With those whom I love very much
And I’ve climbed many mountain tops,
And, I too, find myself with tears
In my eyes welling sometimes when I talk
And now I know what dad
Was feeling way back then;
His tears were memories
Of the dances he’d danced
Dropping by to visit him

Dewey Dirks

Gifts and On Your Sleeves

Gifts

If my life has taught me any truths at all
They are three—
That there is no greater freedom
Than that presented by uncertainty,
That there is no greater comfort
Than that given by love,
And that the Universe offers us all
Auspicious and abundant quantities of both

It seems to me
That the only real tricks in life
Are to become unafraid
Of accepting these gifts
And to become aware
Of how fantastically precious they are

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On Your Sleeves

Keep your eyes and mind open
And your heart and soul
Out on your sleeves
Friendship and love
Are always looking
And when they find you
You never know
Exactly where you might be

Dewey Dirks