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Mark Nepo: Lineage

Mark Nepo is a wonderful writer and poet. He points out the way we could live life more fully and witness the ordinary in the extraordinary. We tend to push the most important moment, the present, to the outside and marginalize it. Who and what are more important questions in our lives than why or how. Recognize who is important and what is important.

Bright, shiny objects!

Mark Nepo writes:

Beyond family or the culture and religion of our birth, life will lead us to discover the lineage we are a part of, the circle of kindred spirits that nourish our soul. The difficulties of living can often make us put this lineage aside to deal with trouble first. I’ve done this and found myself lessened for putting what matters last. This poem speaks to how draining it is to put trouble first.


Old Friends, Old Teachers,

I never meant to crowd you out.

At first I would drop anything

when you would appear. And

then, it was the noise of the world

that made me save you for a more

sacred time. It was obstacle after

obstacle that drew my attention,

while I kept you like a prize for a

quiet simple day. No one told me to

make this separation. I just started


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