Birds | Poetry

Memories, Kept Secretly

“What we are given is taken away, but we manage to keep it secretly. We lose everything, but make harvest of the consequence it was to us.” – Jack Gilbert, “Moreover” The Carolina Wrenn has been singing to me all winter. I thought he might have gone south to try the dating scene down there,…

Culture | Learning | Personal Growth

Basketball and Icarus

“Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew… I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph.” – Jack Gilbert, Failing and Flying Last night I watched the last regular season basketball game of my son’s career. With four teams bunched up in the standings with the same…

Personal Growth | Poetry | Writing

Listening Differently

“When I was walking in the mountains with the Japanese man and began to hear the water, he said, “What is the sound of the waterfall?” “Silence,” he finally told me. The stillness I did not notice until the sound of water falling made apparent the silence I had been hearing long before.” – Jack…

Poetry

Stubborn Gladness

I woke up early today, looked out the window and saw an orange Waning Crescent moon rising through the trees. How do you go back to sleep after seeing something like that? I re-read this Jack Gilbert poem in the dark, debating the time, and finally got up to make something of the day. “We…

Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Poetry | Writing

Between the Memorable

“Our lives happen between the memorable.” – Jack Gilbert, Highlights And Interstices I don’t recall ever using the word interstices in a sentence before referencing Gilbert’s poem here, but it marries well with the quote I pulled from the poem. Interstices is the intervening space between things. So for every highlight in a life; graduation,…