One Life To Live – poem by Billy Collins


By Billy Collins

This is the only life I have, this one in my head,

the one that travels along the surface of my body

singing the low voltage song of the ego,

the one that feels like a ball between my ears

sometimes, and other times feels absolutely galactic,

the life that my feet carry around like two blind

scholars working together on a troublesome manuscript.

This is the only life I have, and I am standing

dead in the centre of it, like a man doing a rope trick

in a rodeo, passing the lasso over his body

smiling inside a twirling of ovals and ellipses.

This is the only life I have and I never step out of it

except to follow a character down the alleys of a novel,

or when love makes me want to remove my clothes

and sail classical records off a cliff.

Otherwise you can always find me within this hoop of myself,

the rope flying around me, moving up to encircle my head

like an equator or a halo or a zero.

From  Questions About Angels

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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