two step:: black and white # 3

We took a walkabout outside one evening . . . Jasper trots along holding hands with Michael, they ambulate toward me, feet dance along attuned  . . .  little feet are precious; their creases and folds so delicious, here today changed tomorrow.  I remember looking at my feet many suns and moons ago, marvelling at how they got further and further away from me, though:: as a short (ish) person mine aren’t too far away, however either I’ve slowed down or toddlers are incredibly fast, because once Jasper gets going, he’s Going . . .  though not quite gone.


Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something

To hear
another’s voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes an
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

River Flow
New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte

Woodland Gnome invited me to join this photo challenge, her 3rd day can be enjoyed here where she shares  insights from Sarah at anordinarymiracle about photographing black and whites.  Her site is a fun place to explore and she has links webbing back through the blogs of others black and white sightings.

I am inviting Jim of In Jim’s Garden to join the black and white photo challenge today. Jim is in Indiana where he spins sweet tales around the goings on in his garden (between bunnies, squirrels, birds and gnomes amongst other beings), which he shares in pictures that I’ve always enjoyed. I hope he will join the challenge!

The rules are quite simple:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
  2. Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.


“Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years, I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.” ~~Rachel Naomi Remen

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