Goodbye to everything else

October 6th, 2008

This year,
My sister broke her fall
My dog broke her knee
And through it all, there was one good thing
My deal disappeared
My words dried up
And through it all, there was one good thing
My other sister lost her job
My hopes took a hit
And through it all, there was one good thing
My bank failed
My future all but vanished in a day
And through it all, there was one good thing
My country collapsed
My happy ending kaput
And through it all, there was one good thing
A good so good it cannot be called good.
A thing so vast it cannot be called a thing.
A one so many it can only be called one.

Life keeps proving it cannot be grasped.
May you be safe
May we all be safe here forever
as One.

Photo by Kevin Carden


  1. Life is proving that it cannot be grasped to me, too. Beautiful words. Thanks.

    Comment by Shelli — October 7, 2008 @ 2:03 am

  2. i’m so happy you wrote this. you speak to my heart, karen.
    love, holly

    Comment by Holly — October 7, 2008 @ 4:08 am

  3. thank you so much for this.

    Comment by megan — October 7, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  4. oh but how I keep on trying to grasp! when will i ever learn.
    I wish you well too, I wish you kindness and gentleness and strength and love.

    Comment by Honey — October 7, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  5. indeed!

    Comment by Wendy — October 7, 2008 @ 10:39 am

  6. simply beautiful, inside and out.

    Comment by Mindful Mama — October 7, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

  7. hmmm…
    lying in bed last night I was wide awake and pondering my existence.
    where do I fit? what is life’s meaning? why do we all seem so disengaged?
    thanks for your words and beautiful photograph.

    Comment by Bridge — October 7, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  8. Yes!

    Comment by denise — October 7, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  9. The book, Karen?

    Comment by Mama Zen — October 7, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  10. Did you take that picture? It’s beautiful.

    Comment by Anna — October 7, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  11. wow, yes…thank you.

    Comment by stef — October 7, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

  12. Thank you! I wrote something beautiful today and was amazed at how it reminded me of you in your grace and wisdom.

    Comment by Cat — October 7, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

  13. and everytime i try and grab on to more, i have to say goodbye.
    you always put me in a good place…right where i am.
    thank you for that.

    Comment by jessamyn — October 7, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  14. Absolutely stunning photo! Thank you for these words. Compassion for ourselves and for all, as the fierce winds howl.

    Comment by Judy Merrill-Smith — October 7, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  15. We will all be safe – one way or another.

    Comment by Shalet — October 8, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  16. I couldn’t sleep because my mother is dying and then I read this. Thank you.

    Comment by Viki — October 9, 2008 @ 5:28 am

  17. wow that photo i cannot stop looking at it. wonderful. amazing.

    Comment by kristin — October 10, 2008 @ 2:37 am

  18. Love the perspective in your photograph and words.

    Comment by Elizabeth Harper — October 12, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  19. I needed a moment of tranquility in my day so came to your blog and scrolled down until I found it.

    Thank you, Karen. Happy day to you.

    Comment by Mary Ann — October 15, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

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