To the Renewal

In my time
the turning of a page,
the loss of courage
and rush to escape.
Within the failure
charred remains
of villages in the forest
and shoots of fervent green,
their seeds cracked open
by the incendiary heat
of a landscape born in fire.
I observe, I witness,
and add my signature
to the bottom line.
I lost sight of the treasure
yet darkness brought return,
the fall from grace
softened by your beauty.
Now beyond forgetting
the renewal of our vows
from our watch above the sea.
Amidst seals’ bark
and ravens’ harsh croak
I lend myself to the tide,
surrendering the armor
of this long suffering shell,
and to the renewal I offer my life.























Reading of “To the Renewal” with music by Bach


17 Responses to “To the Renewal”

  1. David Barnes says:

    Now beyond forgetting — renewal. At first it is I and then it is OUR — our vows, our watch above the sea — then I offer my life. A cycle of loss, surrender and renewal, and a potent poem Don.

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  3. bill dare says:

    Change is constant and our Mother informs. Perhaps a renewal for all who believe and wish to connect in a Good way. Blessings Don…

  4. Tony Palombo says:

    A poetic turn of words that mark this historical cosmic Moment in our cycle of transformation and Transmutation as we ascend “above the sea” and hold this beautiful Earth and its fullness in our caring and blessing hands. Thank you Don.

  5. Anne Blaney says:

    Ah Don, this is simply the best! You brought tears to my reading of these words, rich with beauty and and filled with meaning. Thank you for what this says, you spoke for me too.

  6. Rose Meeker says:

    Both the grief and the release pierce the heart. Beautiful.

  7. David Banner says:

    I also offer myself to the renewal! Thanks, Don!!!!

  8. Tom Figel says:

    Don, because of the current of humility in this poem, Jay is unlikely to understand it. I will get in touch and help him know its meaning. Thank you.

  9. Rick Lathtop says:

    Thanks for offering your life to the renewal through your beautiful poetry.

  10. Maria Frid says:

    I lend myself to the tide because once seen it is beyond forgetting…….thank you, Don, for speaking true and potent words.

  11. Lloyd Meeker says:

    So true — after all my words and deeds, agendas and dreams, the only gift I have to give is surrender to the relentless renewal which springs beyond all my creating.

  12. Always rewarding to renew my subscription to your vision…

  13. Geoff Tisch says:

    Revelation! – in a word.

  14. Marco Menato says:

    I recognise repentance, in its full cycle. Its beautiful.

  15. James says:

    Ah…the sweet spirit of repentance, climbing and lifting, drawing up all who will.

  16. Jay Schwartz says:

    Don: Only 2 of your readers don’t get it: one is “he who cannot be named”; the other: yeah, you are right, pretty obvious

    Thank you for your good efforts.

  17. Mike McCauley says:

    Don — Figel & Schwartz have always been poetically-challenged. Your poem is PERFECT! Keep up the good work.

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