by Karen Wilk
Poetry for me is an invitation to slow down, pay attention and reflect. As you ponder this poem may it also inspire you to look and ‘see’ and be open to sitting in the unknowing of your life and neighbourhood with both calm and curiosity.
The Next Unknowing
Beauty down the block,
Sweetness on the street
Goodness holding on, yet also in retreat
Grace and brokenness in tension
Are we open to the questions?
The risk of care and curiosity
Without presumption, expertise or animosity
Can I sit with what seems strange?
recognizing the need for constant change
Can I rest without requital?
Reexamining what is retractable.
The best answer, my next question
The way forward, a sheer suggestion
What if the road we’re walking isn’t straight?
Am I ahead or way too late?
Do I appreciate the winding go-rounds
The cutbacks, circles, ups and downs
The trail meandering out of bounds
Barren — fruitful,
dark — light
Lonely — crowded,
fearful — bright
Practicing seeing- listening
I surrender, slowly softening,
the next step
What do I expect?
The next forgoing,
The next unknowing.
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