Saturday, May 13, 2023

Poetry: Can We But Live

Exterior image of camp/house
Can We But Live
Like tender pink spring blossoms bedecking tree limbs,
And arrow-peaks of infant conifers emerging from cold earth,
Rebirth and change, in their pristine delicacy, their exquisite bond,
Clean dried scales from tired eyes too long clouded,
While staunching tears too freshly spilled,
All, in an undisclosed and ever-changing plan.

Nature does not second-guess, does not perseverate, does not worry,
Does not waste the gift of time.
It accepts, thrives, on the acceptance of what is, and what will be,
It is joyful, robust, renewing…so supremely confident in its renewing.
Ice melts, transforming itself, manifesting previously unknown fluidity, mobility,
As its rivulets create freshly honed paths to the earth and sea.
It achieves infinity as it is reabsorbed into clouds, to begin again.
Can we, with our rich inheritance, with all knowledge at our fingertips,
Learn to live without expectations, conditions, believing in all for all?
Can we but simply live, simply accept and make good our part in living,
So that all will go on in peace…that we will go on in grace…as is our destiny…
Photo at top provided by Annette Pisano-Higley.

Related Stories

Annette Pisano-Higley is a Registered Nurse living in both Albany and Florida. She is a published song-lyricist and published a book of her original Adirondack poetry, with photography by her husband Walter Higley, Adirondack Echoes, available on Annette’s book was inspired by their idyllic summers at the beloved family Camp on Limekiln Lake, Inlet, in the beautiful Adirondacks. Her second book, Kaleidoscope, is an eclectic collection of original poetry as inspired by the ever-changing colors and directions of life.


2 Responses

  1. FRANK PISANO says:

    It’s a hard life living in the woods in the Adirondacks. Nature, weather and life is tuff. My sister’s poem releases the feelings of living there.

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Wait! Before you go:

Catch up on all your Adirondack
news, delivered weekly to your inbox